Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose takes over as AC/DC frontman
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has taken over from Brian Johnson as frontman of AC/DC for the remainder of the band's world tour.
Rose, who headlined Coachella with a newly reunited Guns N' Roses line-up that includes formerly estranged guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan over the weekend, was confirmed as the band's temporary new frontman yesterday (April 17th).
He will join the band from next month and front them for a series of huge shows across Europe, including gigs at London's Olympic Stadium and Manchester's Etihad Stadium.
The band said in a 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."
They continued: "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. 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."
Rose's inclusion comes after the band's long-time frontman Johnson was forced to stop touring after being told he was risking permanent deafness and had "been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss".
Johnson has been the band's frontman since 1980 after he stepped in to replace founding singer Bon Scott. He has recorded 12 albums with the band.