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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson’s doctors have asked him to stop touring immediately, as he is running the risk of “total hearing loss,” his doctors say. The band is rescheduling the 10 remaining upcoming U.S. dates on its Rock or Bust World Tour.
The band intend to make up the shows “likely with a guest vocalist,” they announced in a statement. The affected concerts begin with the band’s March 8th Atlanta show and run through their April 4th appearance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The group will announce more details in the near future and is asking concertgoers to retain their tickets.
AC/DC have been beset by a number of issues related to their lineup since the 2014 release of their latest record, Rock or Bust. Founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young did not record any parts for the LP and did not participate in the ensuing tour after he was diagnosed with dementia. His nephew, Stevie Young, has been filling him for him. Then drummer Phil Rudd, who played on the LP, was arrested on charges of drug possession and threatening to kill and was replaced with Chris Slade, who had played with the band in the early Nineties, for the tour. Rudd nevertheless has said he hopes to return to the group.
The band opened this leg of its Rock or Bust tour in February with a gig in Tacoma, Washington. Rolling Stone gave the concert a positive review. “The raw, elemental, no-bullshit sound that AC/DC brought to life back in Australia in 1973 is, against all odds, still the same — and still resonating some four decades later,” it read.
Postponed AC/DC Tour Dates
March 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
March 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
March 14 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
March 17 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
March 20 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace
March 23 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
March 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
March 29 - Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
April 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
April 4 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden