No Joke: Axl Rose Has Joined AC/DC


Guns N'Roses Tour -  Sydney

After rampant speculation, AC/DC has confirmed that Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose will replace Brian Johnson. The Aussie rock icons recently scrapped the remaining shows on their North American tour after doctors ordered Johnson off the road, as a result of serious issues with his hearing.

The official statement from AC/DC reads:

“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.”

As it stands, Rose’s first gig with AC/DC will be on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal. From there, he will lead the band through a run of European shows. It remains unclear if those aforementioned scrapped US tour dates will be rescheduled, with Rose at the helm. Considering that Guns N’ Roses have a monster stadium tour crossing North America this summer, one would guess that the earliest AC/DC and Rose could play that region is the fall or winter…if at all.

What about an AC/DC album with Rose on vocals? Don’t hold your breath. Considering the age of AC/DC’s members and how long they usually take to make an album, we’re not banking on this happening. There’s also Rose, who as you know, has a reputation for taking way too many years on an album – see Chinese Democracy.

As for Johnson, it was previously suggested by comic and friend, Jim Breuer, that he’d unceremoniously been given the boot out of AC/DC once his hearing issues came about. If that’s true, what a sad ending that is for someone who did a remarkable job to help AC/DC become one of rock music’s most celebrated and adored bands.

With Axl Rose now on the mic, we can’t help but suspect that the vibe of AC/DC will not feel nearly as friendly, celebratory, or welcoming as when Johnson stood up front.

AC/DC 2016 Tour Dates:

05/07 – Lisbon, PT @ Passeio Maritmo de Alges

05/10 – Seville, ES @ Estadio de la Cartuja

05/13 – Marseille, FR @ Stade Velodrome

05/16 – Werchter, BE @ Werchter Festival Grounds

05/19 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst-Happel Stadium

05/22 – Prague, CZ @ Letnany Airport

05/26 – Hamburg, DE @ Volksparkstadion

05/29 – Berne, CH @ Stade de Suisse

06/01 – Leipzig, DE @ Red Bull Arena

06/04 – London, UK @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

06/09 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium

06/12 – Aarhus, DK @ Ceres Park
Guns N’ Roses 2016 Tour Dates:

04/19 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol

04/20 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol

04/23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

06/23 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field

06/26 – Washington, DC @ Fedex Field

06/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium

07/01 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field

07/06 – Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium

07/09 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium

07/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field

07/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field

07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre

07/19 – Foxboro, MA @ Gilette Stadium

07/23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium

07/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome

07/29 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Citrus Bowl

07/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome

08/03 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium

08/05 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium

08/09 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park

08/12 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field

08/15 – Glendale, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium

08/22 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium