AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Clears The Air: I’m Leaving The Stage, Not Retiring

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Brian Johnson, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, told fans he’s leaving the stage, but definitely not retiring.

Johnson 68, had to stop touring with the band during its Rock or Bust World Tour after physicians warned him of “total deafness” if he continued performing at large venues.

“As many AC/DC fans know, the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled with a guest singer,” Johnson wrote in a Tuesday statement to fans.

“Finally, I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances.”

At Coachella, the band recently confirmed rumors that the lead singer of Guns and Roses, Axl Rose, would take over the singing and finish the tour.