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Axl Rose will replace AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson for the remainder of their latest tour, the band has confirmed.

They postponed the Rock or Bust tour in March after Brian Johnson, who joined AC/DC after Bon Scott’s death in 1980, was told he was at risk of going deaf.

Axl Rose will join their European and postponed North American dates, before returning to his band in the summer.

In a statement, AC/DC said they were “fortunate” to have Rose’s “support”.Axl Rose replaces Brian Johnson

“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,” they said.

“We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years.”

They added thanks to Gateshead-born Johnson “for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years”.

Axl Rose recently reunited with guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan for their first Guns N’ Roses gigs together in 23 years.

The Guns N’ Roses singer broke his foot following the show and has since performed seated on the throne used by Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl after he broke his leg on stage.

The band headlined the Coachella festival in California on April 16 and were joined on stage by AC/DC guitarist Angus Young for renditions of the Australian band’s classic songs Whole Lotta Rosie and Riff Raff.

AC/DC have suffered a number of setback in recent months, with former drummer Phil Rudd being convicted in 2015 of drug possession and making threats to kill and sentenced to house arrest last year and guitarist Malcolm Young, the brother of Angus, being diagnosed with dementia.


Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have performed together as Guns N’ Roses for the first time in 23 years.

The band picked Troubadour, a small Los Angeles club, where they were first noticed.

The concert at the West Hollywood club was reportedly only confirmed on April 1.

Just 500 fans were allowed to see one of the biggest groups of the late 1980s and early 1990s reformed.

The intimate concert was announced at midday on April 1 and tickets were just $10.Guns N Roses Troubadour reunion

54-year-old Axl Rose still has his long blond hair but there was no bandana, Slash kept his trademark top-hat over his black curls.

Fans said they started the show with It’s So Easy, which has frequently been the band’s opener.

Years of rumors of a Guns N’ Roses reunion came to fruition earlier this year when the band were announced as headliners for the Coachella festival, which will take place later his month in the California desert.

Guns N’ Roses also announced details of their North American tour, which will all be in stadiums – so rather different from this intimate gig.

The main leg of the Not in This Lifetime Tour will begin on June 23 at Ford Field in Detroit, home to the National Football League’s Detroit Lions, and run until August 22 in San Diego.

Guns N’ Roses have only announced three concerts outside the United States – April 19 and 20 in Mexico City and July 16 in Toronto.