Rumours have been flying around lately about Axl Rose replacing Brian Johnson as AC/DC’s lead singer for the remainder of their current World tour and it was finally confirmed by the Aussie rockers earlier this morning in this statement:
AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing.
We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment. AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals.
The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary). Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N Roses, Not In This Lifetime Summer Stadium Tour. The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.
Some fans are calling this “the end of AC/DC”, others are calling it “the worst move that AC/DC have made in their 35+ year history” and there are others saying it’s a good idea.
Here’s my 2 cents: Do I like Guns ‘n Roses? Yes I do. Do I like AC/DC? Yes I do. Do I like Axl Rose? No, I don’t, but I’m willing to give him a chance. Why? The fact that he’s re-joining Slash on stage to re-unite Guns ‘n Roses says a lot about his character. Maybe he’s a changed man? Who knows? Only time will tell.
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