Published: Mon, April 18, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

AC/DC confirm Axl Rose as Brian Johnson's replacement

Guns N' Roses vocalist Axl Rose will tour with AC/DC starting next month following AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's apparent departure from the band after he was advised to stop touring or risk losing his hearing.

Promoters quoted the band as saying they respect his decision and that they are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of their tours and that they will reschedule 10 postponed U.S. Shows.

At one time it might have been unthinkable among metalhead purists - a singer from the Sunset Strip glam scene joining forces with the ultimate no-frills Australian hard rockers. Following a European run with the band through June 12, Rose will then go back to the Guns N' Roses "Not in This Lifetime" summer stadium tour.

Guns N' Roses closed their 25-track setlist with an encore of "Patience", a cover of The Who's "The Seeker" and "Paradise City'. The band had planned shows only until June at the end of a marathon global tour for its 2014 album "Rock or Bust". We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. U.S. comedian and radio host Jim Breuer said he spoke to Johnson, who felt "kicked to the curb" by his bandmates and did not believe his hearing problems were as serious as described by the group.

Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980, after the death of original singer Bon Scott. Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist, and brother of Angus, retired before "Rock or Bust" as he suffers dementia. There have been several bands that have continued on throughout the years after replacing the lead singer.

With Axl Rose having his own, unique persona that is easily identified with Guns N' Roses, as well as Brian Johnson's signature look and sound, the move might not be as easy for fans to grasp, and ultimately accept.

They also performed "Riff Raff".

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