Brian Johnson with AC/DC in the middle of a US tour didn?t hear it coming when they were planning their latest on-the-road gig. Johnson, 68, was advised by doctors to immediately discontinue the tour if he wants to keep his hearing. The AC/DC vocalist is suffering from severe hearing problems that can lead to total hearing loss should he continue performing in concerts.
The Australian hard rock band immediately cancelled the remaining tour dates, but not after assuring fans a new schedule will be announced, possibly with a ?guest vocalist? in lieu of Johnson?s condition. A refund of tickets is also being mulled as fans await an official statement. In the meantime, if you?re holding AC/DC tickets, check these canceled tour dates in US cities:
- March 8 – Atlanta, GA
- March 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- March 14 – Greensboro, NC
- March 17 – Washington, DC
- March 20 – Auburn Hill, MI
- March 23 – Columbus, OH
- March 26 – Cleveland, OH
- March 29 – Buffalo, NY
- April 1 – Philadelphia, PA
- April 4 – New York, NY
This isn?t the first time AC/DC has encountered a major bump while on the road. Two years ago while promoting their album, Rock or Bust, guitarist Malcolm Young was out due to dementia, while drummer Phil Rudd was on home arrest for grave threats and drug possession.
With no official rescheduling of the tour dates yet, AC/DC is fueling rumors that their performance in St. Louis at Scottrade Center on February 20 might be the last performance of the band. If you had a ticket on this concert, better get hold of it again because it might just be a collectible soon.
AC/DC was started by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young in November 1973 in Sydney, Australia. The band popularized hits, such as, ?Thunderstruck,? ?Highway to Hell,? ?Back in Black,? and ?You Shook Me All Night.?