Recently it was made public that long time AC/DC front man Brian Johnson was leaving the band due to problems with hearing loss. Unfortunately, this comes during a time where the band still has 10 dates left on their Rock or Bust tour. The good news however is that they have found a rather suitable replacement to act as a stand-in in Johnson's stead: Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose.
In an official statement from the band, AC/DC says:
“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.”
This comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone however, as rumours and speculation surrounding such a team-up has been going around the internet for a while now. Such rumours got intensified when recently there were photos of Rose and AC/DC leaving the same rehearsal studio in Georgia together.
To give folks a taste of just what this collaboration between the GN'R singer and AC/DC would be like, Guns N' Roses was joined by AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young at GN'R's recent performance at the Coachella festival in CA this past weekend. (video can be watched below) The reunited GN'R + Young tore it up through AC/DC songs Riff Raff and Whole Lotta Rosie. I have to say, it wasn't too shabby at all.
The remaining dates (which are posted below) will all be played in Europe before Guns N' Roses embarks on its upcoming Not in This Life Time tour. Personally, I'm interested to see how Rose will do on other AC/DC classics like Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock, Back in Black, etc. Two of my favorite bands in the entire world joining together like this is kind of an unexpected dream come true. While I still think AC/DC should hang it up and call it a day after the end of the tour, it still would also at the same time be interesting if Rose and AC/DC did a new album together.
AC/DC with Axl Rose Tour Dates:
5/7 – Lisbon, Portugal
5/10 – Seville, Spain
5/13 – Marseille, France
5/16 – Werchter, Belgium
5/19 – Vienna, Austria
5/22 – Prague, Czech Republic
5/26 – Hamburg, Germany
5/29 – Berne, Switzerland
6/1 – Leipzig, Germany
6/4 – London, England
6/9 – Manchester, England
6/12 – Aarhus, Denmark