Johnson 'Kicked To Curb' As Axl Joins AC/DC

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson feels "kicked to the curb" after the band confirmed he had been replaced by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose for the rest of their tour.

Johnson has been warned he will suffer total hearing loss if he continues performing and AC/DC said they "respect" the singer's decision to bow out.

But Johnson has reportedly voiced dismay at his swift exit.

US comedian and radio host Jim Breuer said he had talked to Johnson, and that he felt "kicked to the curb" by his bandmates.

In a statement posted on their website, the band said: "AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years.

Guns N' Roses Axl Rose

"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 fulfil this commitment.

"AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals."

Johnson also reportedly told Jim Breuer that he does not believe his hearing problems are as serious as announced by the band.

AC/DC kick off the European leg of their tour on 7 May in Lisbon, Portugal, before arriving in the UK on 4 June.

They will play the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, and the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 9 June.

The European leg will conclude in Denmark on 12 June and Rose will then return to Guns N' Roses for the Not In This Lifetime summer stadium tour.

AC/DC were forced to postpone the North American leg of their tour last month because of Johnson's hearing issues.

Those 10 shows will now be rescheduled with Rose, the band said.

Johnson, 68, known for his punishing vocal style, is not an original member of AC/DC, joining after singer Bon Scott died in 1980 after a night of heavy drinking.

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