AC/DC is not quite ready to hang it up. Following a string of tumultuous events over the past five years, including the arrest of drummer Phil Rudd and the departures of longtime members Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams, the band's future was in question.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose filled in the remainder of AC/DC's Rock or Bust tour dates beginning in April 2016 after Johnson was forced to exit due to serious hearing issues. But according to the band's biographer Murray Engleheart in a post on Facebook, Rose will join the band on a permanent basis. Not only will Rose continue touring with AC/DC but will be involved in the recording of a new album according to Engleheart.
An unverified report from a Brazilian journalist last year shared the same rhetoric, saying that Angus Young "will not retire and will continue with the band. He will hire new musicians and Axl Rose will continue as vocalist."
The news of Axl Rose taking over vocal duties was initially met with mixed feelings from fans but later earned the praise of many, including Rudd. Johnson recently admitted he couldn't hear anything on stage during his last few shows with AC/DC and that his time was done with the band.
Rose officially becomes AC/DC's fourth lead singer if the news is true. Dave Evans briefly fronted the band early in it's history from 1973-1974 and was replaced by Bon Scott who died tragically in 1980. Johnson was the band's longest singer, joining in 1980 and leaving in 2016.
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