AC/DC has been forced to reschedule the ten remaining dates on the U.S. leg of its “Rock Or Bust” world tour. According to a press release, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.
Tomorrow’s (March 8) show in Atlanta through the April 4 concert Madison Square Garden in New York City will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist. More information regarding these rescheduled shows to come. Current ticket holders can hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receive a refund at point of purchase.
Dates to be rescheduled:
March 08 – 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 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
April 04 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
During an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” last year, Johnson denied that his hearing loss was a result of playing with his bandmates. He said: “I’ve got hearing loss in my left ear. [But] I didn’t get it from music. I got it from sitting in a racecar for too long without earplugs.
“I heard my eardrum burst because I forgot to put my plugs in under my helmet. That’s how it happened.
“Music had nothing to do with it … I was dizzy, my middle ear had gone, and I took my helmet off and there was blood coming out and I’d burst my eardrum.”
Johnson has been AC/DC‘s singer since 1980, when he joined following the death of Bon Scott. His first album with the band, “Back In Black”, is the second best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”.
AC/DC‘s latest leg of U.S. dates kicked off on February 2 in Tacoma, Washington.
The band’s 2015 tour sold 2.31 million tickets for a total of $180 million in gross sales.
AC/DC‘s sixteenth studio album, “Rock Or Bust”, has sold more than 563,000 copies since debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart back in December 2014.
It’s the band’s first album without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in November 2014 at his home in Tauranga on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Although Rudd played on “Rock Or Bust”, he did not appear in photos or videos for the disc.
One-time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade officially joined the band’s lineup for its performance at last year’s Grammy Awards telecast. Slade was also behind the kit for the group’s world tour.