The 72-year-old rocker was forced to step down as lead vocalist in 2016 during their ‘Rock or Bust World Tour’ after doctors advised him that live performance could worsen his hearing problems.
Brian Johnson is reportedly rejoining his AC/DC bandmates for a world tour later this year (2020) – four years after he quit due to hearing problems.
The 72-year-old rocker, who joined the band in 1980, was forced to step down as lead vocalist in the group in 2016 during their “Rock or Bust World Tour”, in support of their sixteenth studio album.
He was temporarily replaced by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, who served as vocalist for the band’s remaining concerts, after doctors advised the frontman to either quit performing live or potentially worsening the damage.
However, according to Australian broadcast journalist Eddie McGuire, the “Highway To Hell” stars are set to announce a massive world tour this year that sees Johnson back on stage for the first time since his departure.
He said on his Triple M Melbourne breakfast show: “The greatest rock band in the history of Australian music will be reforming and playing in Australia in October/November this year!”
“My mail is, there will be a new album released by AC/DC in February or March this year, but also that AC/DC will be touring Australia (in) October/November 2020,” McGuire continued. “And after a lot of work and a lot of technical research they have been able to get a hearing aid for Brian Johnson, who will be out front, and even Phil Rudd might be back in the group either playing percussion or drums.”
McGuire also claimed that lead guitarist Angus Young, 64, would join the tour, as well as drummer Phil Rudd, 65, who left the group in 2014 amid legal troubles.
AC/DC has yet to confirm plans for a new album or tour.