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The rumors that have been circulating for the past few weeks that Axl Rose will be fronting AC/DC were finally confirmed in an official statement this weekend on the band’s website.
“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 statement read.
The band also thanked present singer Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication throughout the years.
Brian Johnson, 68, has made the difficult decision to leave the band due to hearing difficulties. Doctors have told him to either quit touring completely or risk going completely deaf. He has been the lead singer of the Aussie band since 1980.
AC/DC was forced to postpone the recent North American part of their tour between March and April due to these difficulties, and Brian’s fellow band members said they “understand, respect and support” his decision.
Axl Rose, 54, is known mainly for being the lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, a rock band who made history in the US with their debut album Appetite for Destruction, which sold 18 million copies in the US and over 30 million globally.
Despite Axl’s success as a frontman in his own right, AC/DC fans have taken to social media to express what has so far been mainly disappointment with the choice.
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The cancelled US shows will now be rescheduled with Axl Rose taking the microphone. The band and Axl will start the European leg of the Rock or Bust World Tour on May 7 in Portugal, concluding in Denmark on June 12.
Axl Rose fans can still catch him with Guns N’ Roses this summer as their Not In This Lifetime tour is set to go ahead as planned.