Axl Rose will serve as AC/DC‘s frontman for the remainder of their Rock Or Bust tour, stepping in for lead singer Brian Johnson, has been forced to suspend his touring for health reasons.

AXL ROSE FRONTING AC/DC

AC/DC said in a 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.

The statement went on, “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.”

Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ Jason Bailey first started the rumors about Rose joining AC/DC on tour during his show last month. He claimed that it was almost a certainty that Rose would play at all 10 remaining shows that are left on AC/DC’s current tour.

“This is what I’m being told, Axl was meeting with the AC/DC group, because it’s all but a done deal that Axl will front AC/DC for the 10 remaining shows. All 10, including Atlanta,” Bailey said. “From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus is a very black and white guy. He’s like, Brian, for health reasons, can’t continue fronting the band.”

“He was supposed to retire after the last tour, so they wanted to continue going out on the road and continue making music, so if you can’t do it, we appreciate your services, but the show must go on,” Bailey continued. “They’re in town, they were auditioning people for the job, and then they flew Axl in, again, this is from my source.”

Rose will first appear with the band on May 7 in Lisbon. After completing the European leg of the Rock Or Bust tour, Rose will head back stateside with the band for rescheduled U.S. concert dates.

 

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