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AC/DC officially announced the departure of longtime frontman Brian Johnson and his - at least temporary - replace by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose. Brian Johnson was suffering of hearing issues that impeded him to carry on with the tour prompting the band to find a replacement for the vocals that could do justice to Johnson. Rose seemed to be the right replacement at the moment as AC/DC are currently touring and they have shows to perform ahead.

Here's the complete press release: "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." AC/DC will continue their Rock or Bust World Tour with Rose on vocals. The band will resume their 10 postponed U.S. shows with Rose on vocals, and then tour around Europe before the end of the World Tour. Following this European concerts with AC/DC, Rose will resume the Not in This Lifetime summer stadium tour with Guns N' Roses.
In the meantime, Brian Johnson has released a heartfelt message to fans explaining why he has quit the world tour. However, he has promised he will be the voice of AC/DC on upcoming studio recordings and hopes to be able to tour again the future.
"I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness,” stated Johnson. “While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage.”
“Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can't deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC," he added.
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances."
Fans were shocked when they band cancelled their Atlanta show and issued a formal statement of their website about the rest of the tour. It stated: "AC/DC are forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the US leg of their Rock or Bust World Tour," it said.
“AC/DC's lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. Tuesday's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in April 2016."
However, the greatest shock happened when Axl Rose was spotted rehearsing in Atlanta and news broke that he might be replacing Johnson. “Yes, it's true,” said Ross Malcolm Young, son of AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young.
When some fans criticised the new choice of frontman arguing that Rose wasn't able to uphold the band's legacy, Ross Young responded by posting on Facebook: “He can and he will.”
 
Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" tour dates for North America later this 2017 are just announced including two nights at Madison Square Garden and two nights in Los Angeles arenas.
 
 
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