AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Likely Being Replaced On Tour Over Deafness Risk

Rock and roll don’t need reason, and it don’t need rhyme. Deafness, however, does. Unfortunately for AC/DC’s stalwart Brian Johnson, decades of fronting one of the loudest bands on the planet constitutes that reason, and his doctors have forced him to give up touring lest he risk total hearing loss.

In a brief post on the band’s website, the band revealed they’d be postponing the next ten legs of their massive Rock or Bust world tour to deal with the news. That means fans across the eastern stretch of the United States will have to forego their regularly-scheduled Acca Dacca. 


However, the band did tell fans the shows will be likely be made-up later in ’16, most likely with some guest vocalists. 

It’s been a rough slog for the group in the past couple of years. Despite marauding through the current tour, including a gangbusters turn Down Under, they did so without founding member Angus Young; the rhythm guitarist and the dependable drive behind brother Angus’ shreddage retired in 2014 due to his struggle with dementia.

Drummer Phil Rudd, who’d been helming the skins for 20 years, was also waylaid in 2014 after some pretty onerous run-ins with the law. Unfortunately, they weren’t the celebrated-in-rock-anthem kind of wrongdoings, and he was placed under house arrest in New Zealand for threatening to kill and methamphetamine possession. 

Then, of course, there was Bon.

Get well soon, Brian. 

Source: The Wrap.
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