Axl Rose Steps In For Brian Johnson On AC/DC Tour

Aussie rock band “dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments”

By Gary Graff
April 18, 2016

One of the worst-kept secrets in rock was confirmed over the weekend when AC/DC officially announced that Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose will be replacing Brian Johnson for the remainder of the group’s Rock Or Bust World Tour this year.

In a statement issued Saturday (April 16), at the same time guitarist Angus Young joined GNR on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, AC/DC issued a statement saying: “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.”

Rose’s tenure with AC/DC begins with a 12-date European run beginning May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal, and wrapping June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark. AC/DC will make up the 10 postponed North American tour later this year, presumably after Rose and GNR finish their Not In This Lifetime Tour that begins June 23 in Detroit.

There’s no word on what else AC/DC and Rose might have planned beyond that. Out at Coachella, meanwhile, Young joined GNR for renditions of AC/DC’s “Riff Raff” and “Whole Lotta Rosie,” songs GNR used to cover during its club shows early in its career.


  1. Tony Danzi says:

    I will beleave it when i see it