Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose will fill in for AC/DC singer Brian Johnson so that the Aussie rockers can finish their “Rock or Bust” tour, including a date at Madison Square Garden.
Johnson had to pull out of the tour in March after doctors said he risked total hearing loss if he continued.
“We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures,” AC/DC 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.”
Rose, who broke his left foot in Guns N’ Roses’ first reunion concert, performed at Coachella Saturday night, seated on the throne that Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl used in his tour. The band will return to Coachella next weekend and then Rose will join AC/DC for its European dates starting on May 7 in Portugal through June 12 in Denmark. He will then join Guns N’ Roses for their “Not in This Lifetime” stadium tour, which includes a stop at MetLife Stadium on July 23.
AC/DC plans to reschedule the rest of its American tour following the Guns N’ Roses summer tour, but whether its “Rock or Bust” tour will wrap up at Madison Square Garden remains unclear.