Just hours before Guns N Roses is about to take the stage at the heavily-hyped Coachella Festival, a bombshell announcement has ensured that the single biggest rock n roll star in the year 2016 is Axl Rose. Whoda thunk it?
“AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals,” the band just announced in a statement. Axl will take the place of longtime AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, who was forced to abruptly quit touring with the group or risk “total hearing loss.”
Axl will join AC/DC before GN’R’s Not in This Lifetime Tour kicks off. If this starts to sound confusing, let us sort it out for you … Axl Rose will first join AC/DC as vocalist for the remaining dates of their Rock or BustWorld Tour, and then go back to fronting GNR for their reunion tour.
“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,” the band said in a statement. “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.”
The band continued, “The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced. 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.”
AC/DC added that the 10 U.S. shows postponed by Johnson’s sudden departure will also be rescheduled with Rose handling vocals.
AC/DC with Axl Rose European 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