18 April 2016

Axl Rose confirmed as new AC/DC frontman

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs in Las Vegas.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson forced to quit touring on doctor's orders.
Axl Rose to replace Brian Johnson as AC/DC singer? Stranger things have happened After weeks of speculation, Aussie rockers AC/DC have confirmed that Axl Rose is their new frontman.

AC/DC confirmed the news just hours before Rose was to reunite on stage with Gun 'N Roses guitarist Slash after two decades, at the Coachella music festival in California.

"AC/DC will resume the #RockOrBust World Tour w/ Axl Rose joining on vocals. All updated tour dates can be found here," the band tweeted on Sunday.

After Rose completes his European run of dates with AC/DC, he will head out on his Guns 'N Roses, Not In This Lifetime summer stadium tour of the US, which kicked off on April 1 in Los Angeles with a surprise concert that marked the first time since the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993 that Rose, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan performed together.

AC/DC announced in March that Johnson had been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

On Sunday, the band thanked Johnson for his "contribution 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," they said.

"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 fulfil this commitment."

The band added that the previous 10 US shows postponed due to Johnson's sudden departure would be "rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose".

It remained unclear whether or not Rose was a permanent fixture of AC/DC beyond the Rock or Bust tour.