Reports are suggesting that Axl Rose is set to replace Brian Johnson as AC/DC frontman for rest of band’s tour after Johnson was advised to stop touring due to hearing problems.
The Australian rockers have been touring the United States as part of their ‘Rock or Bust’ world tour but after doctors advised that if Johson was to continue performing he was at risk of ‘total hearing loss.’
The band announced the news via their official website, confirming that a number of scheduled dates will be postponed, and were to be “made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist”.
Alternative Nation has now reported, citing a radio DJ from Atlanta called Jason Bailey, that a “very, very good source” has informed him that Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose has been ‘flown in’ to audition with the group.
“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 ten remaining shows. All ten, including Atlanta,” the Atlanta Radio 100.5 DJ is quoted as saying.
He continued, “From what I was told, this was all kind of new inside information to me, Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] 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.”
AC/DC’s lineup has changed a number of times over the years with Angus Young now the only original member still in the band. Malcolm Young was diagnosed with dementia and his nephew Stevie Young took over guitarist duties and drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months’ home detention after pleading guilty to threatening to kill and drug possession.
Johnson has been AC/DC’s lead vocalist since 1980, becoming the full-time lead singer of the group following the death of previous singer Bon Scott after a heavy night of drinking.