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As expected, Axl Rose will replace long-time AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson for the remainder of the band's Rock or Bust World Tour (see dates below).
The AC/DC camp issued the following 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. 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."
Once the AC/DC dates in Europe — as well as the soon-to-be rescheduled ten U.S. shows that were postponed — are completed, Rose will join Guns N' Roses for its Not In This Lifetime Summer Stadium Tour.
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There's some confusion as to whether Johnson was rendered incapable of touring due to his hearing issues, or whether the band moved on without working on options where Johnson could continue in the role he has held since the death of original AC/DC singer Bon Scott in 1980. In a story filed March 16, comedian Jim Breuer related that Johnson told him he had been "kicked to the curb." Obviously, we'll have to await more details — should they be forthcoming — to assess what the truth really is.
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AC/DC European Tour Dates with Axl Rose
Passeio Maritimo De Alges
Estadio De La Cartuja
Prague, Czech Republic
Stade De Suisse
Red Bull Arena
The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park