Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will step in as the lead vocalist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC for their remaining dates of the Rock or Bust tour.
AC/DC’s former lead singer Brian Johnson had to step aside from his role owing to the risk of permanent hearing loss. The news was confirmed hours before Rose was due to take the stage with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash at Coachella festival. The act was a part of a reunion after two decades.
“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We are dedicated to fulfilling our touring commitments to all that have supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support.” The band announced in a statement on its official Facebook page.
Rose will be making his debut with his new band on May 7 in Lisbon on a 12-show European leg. Rose, who is known for his high vocal range and strong emotions on the stage will return with the Gun N’ Roses to North America for the arena tour. He will also appear for AC/DC for the 10 postponed dates in United States which will be rescheduled later.
Johnson has been unavailable for comment since the declaration of the news. Jim Breuer, a close friend of his and also a comedian declared last month that the singer felt “kicked to the kerb” by the band, as reported by Independent.
Johnson was not an original member of AC/DC. The 68-year-old joined in 1980 after Bon Scott died after a night of heavy drinking.
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