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CONFIRMED: Axl Rose to Tour with AC/DC in Place of Brian Johnson

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It’s official: Axl Rose is the new (albeit temporary) frontman for AC/DC while Brian Johnston lets his battered ears rest. What does this mean for the Guns ‘N Roses reunion tour? The press release  says “do expect him to be very busy this year.” Yeah, no kidding. Any bets on whether all these dates will be honoured? And let’s not forget that the guy has a broken foot.

Sidenote: Angus Young joined Guns ‘N Roses at Coacheall last night.

Another sidenote: The Gunners tour bus broke down on the way to Coachella.

Here’s the announcement on Axl that was sent out last night.


“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.”

AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals.   The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary).  Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N’ Roses, ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Summer Stadium Tour.

The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.

Complete Tour Schedule for Axl Rose:

AC/DC’s Postponed 2016 U.S. Dates That Need to be Made Up

  • 3/08 — Atlanta, Ga. — Philips Arena
  • 3/11 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — BB&T Center
  • 3/14 — Greensboro, N.C. — Greensboro Coliseum
  • 3/17 — Washington, D.C. — Verizon Center
  • 3/20 — Detroit, Mich. — The Palace
  • 3/23 — Columbus, Ohio — Nationwide Arena
  • 3/26 — Cleveland, Ohio — Quicken Loans Arena
  • 3/29 — Buffalo, N.Y. — First Niagara Center
  • 4/01 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Wells Fargo Center
  • 4/04 — New York, N.Y. — Madison Square Garden

Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime:

  • Saturday, April 16                 Coachella                               Indio, CA
  • Tuesday, April 19                  Foro Sol                                 Mexico City, MEXICO
  • Wednesday, April 20            Foro Sol                                 Mexico City, MEXICO
  • Saturday, April 23                 Coachella                               Indio, CA

AC/DC Rock or Bust:

  • May 7              Lisbon, Portugal                    Passeio Maritimo De Alges
  • May 10           Seville, Spain                        Estadio De La Cartuja
  • May 13           Marseille, France                  Stade Velodrome
  • May 16           Werchter, Belgium                Werchter Site
  • May 19           Vienna, Austria                      Erns-Happel Stadium
  • May 22           Prague, Czech Republic      Letnany Airport
  • May 26           Hamburg, Germany              Volksparkstadion
  • May 29           Berne, Switzerland                Stade De Suisse
  • June 1             Leipzig, Germany                  Red Bull Arena
  • June 4             London, England                   The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • June 9             Manchester, England            Etihad Stadium
  • June 12          Aarhus, Denmark                  Ceres Park

Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime:

  • Thursday, June 23                 Detroit, MI                              Ford Field
  • Sunday, June 26                   Washington, DC                    FEDEXFIELD
  • Wednesday, June 29            Kansas City, MO                   Arrowhead Stadium
  • Friday, July 1                         Chicago, IL                            Soldier Field
  • Wednesday, July 6                Cincinnati, OH                       Paul Brown Stadium
  • Saturday, July 9                     Nashville, TN                          Nissan Stadium
  • Tuesday, July 12                   Pittsburgh, PA                       Heinz Field
  • Thursday, July 14                  Philadelphia, PA                   Lincoln Financial Field
  • Saturday, July 16                   Toronto, ON                           Rogers Centre
  • Tuesday, July 19                   Foxboro, MA                          Gillette Stadium
  • Saturday, July 23                   East Rutherford, NJ              MetLife Stadium
  • Wednesday, July 27             Atlanta, GA                            Georgia Dome
  • Friday, July 29                       Orlando, FL                            Orlando Citrus Bowl
  • Sunday, July 31                     New Orleans, LA                   Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Wednesday, August 3          Arlington, TX                          AT&T Stadium
  • Friday, August 5                    Houston, TX                           NRG Stadium
  • Tuesday, August 9                San Francisco, CA               AT&T Park
  • Friday, August 12                  Seattle, WA                           CenturyLink Field
  • Monday, August 15               Glendale, AZ                          University of Phoenix Stadium
  • Monday, August 22               San Diego, CA                      Qualcomm Stadium

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6 thoughts on “CONFIRMED: Axl Rose to Tour with AC/DC in Place of Brian Johnson

  • As a female in my fifties I love GNR and AC/DC. I have always thought that AC/DC would never have been as big as they are if Bon Scott had still been the lead singer. Brian Johnson rough, tough voice is AC/DC. Phil, Malcolm and now Brian gone its time to pack up the gear. Glad I got to see them 3 times. Never saw GNR but love their music. Paradise City is great for working out to in the gym and AC/DC is my house work music. Thank god I wasn’t living at home as a teenager when they came out. I can still hear my Dad telling my older brother to turn that shit down as a teenager. Slade lol

  • Poor Wing missed out on her only chance:

  • I don’t think this is a good idea and I like both bands. I hope the best for Axl and wish the naysayers would just shut up and and withdraw their knives. He has this defeated look in his eyes and it’s sad when in his prime he had energy, balls and a fuck you attitude I admired. Yeah, I know he’s an asshole and burned many bridges. But I think he’s trying to redeem himself. Everyone should get a chance shouldn’t they?
    And Lennon was an asshole to women too but he doesn’t get the same scathing treatment.

  • I was really hoping they would choose this lady as the next lead singer. She does a great cover of “Highway To Hell”

  • If I were in GnR…I would be pissed off. If I was thinking about going to see GnR…I wold think twice if I was gonna get a chewed up Axl…quacking thru Guns catalog after shredding his voice singing acdc…prima donna asshole 😀

  • I really hoe that Axl has been read the riot act by the remaining members of ACDC. That this isn’t the Axl Rose show, it’s an ACDC show. That’s he’s expected to show up on time and ready to go.

    Interesting that the ACDC press release seems to say that Brian is out of the band. I would have thought they’d keep him around for recording purposes.


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