Axl Rose officially announced as AC/DC’s new singer
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was recently advised by doctors to stop touring and it was rumored that the band would continue with Axl Rose in his place. It seemed too strange to be more than a rumor, but now it is in fact officially confirmed. AC/DC write on their website:
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.
Stay tuned for those US dates, including the NYC show at Madison Square Garden. The European dates are listed below.
Axl joins lead guitarist and only original member Angus Young, longtime bassist Cliff Williams (since the Powerage album), guitarist Steve Young (nephew of Angus and Malcom), and drummer Chris Slade.
Axl is also, of course, in the current version of Guns N' Roses that has him reunited with Slash and Duff. They just played Coachella last night and brought out Angus Young for covers of AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Riff Raff." Here are videos:
AC/DC with Axl Rose -- 2016 Tour Dates
May 7 Lisbon, Portugal Passeio Maritimo De Alges
May 10 Seville, Spain Estadio De La Cartuja
May 13 Marseille, France Stade Velodrome
May 16 Werchter, Belgium Werchter Site
May 19 Vienna, Austria Erns-Happel Stadium
May 22 Prague, Czech Republic Letnany Airport
May 26 Hamburg, Germany Volksparkstadion
May 29 Berne, Switzerland Stade De Suisse
June 1 Leipzig, Germany Red Bull Arena
June 4 London, England The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
June 9 Manchester, England Etihad Stadium
June 12 Aarhus, Denmark Ceres Park