Katarina BenzovaLooks like the rumors were true: AC/DC is planning to resume their Rock or Bust tour with none other than Axl Rose replacing longtime AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson. Johnson has been forced to stop touring because he’s in danger of losing his hearing.

“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,” said AC/DC 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.”

The statement continued, “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.”

The Rock or Bust tour will resume May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and will continue through June 12 in Denmark. After those dates are complete, Axl will rejoin Guns N’ Roses for its summer stadium tour, which begins June 23 in Detroit.

The 10 AC/DC shows in the U.S. that were postponed following the revelation of Johnson’s hearing problems will be rescheduled shortly, and will include Rose as well.

Visit GunsNRoses.com for a complete list of tour dates.

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