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AC/DC Stop Tour Over Johnson Health Fears

AC/DC have had to cancel their US tour amid fears frontman Brian Johnson will lose his hearing.

The Aussie rock band released a statement explaining the seriousness of Johnson's situation.

"AC/DC's lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss," a statement on the band's official website said.

Johnson's future with the band is up in the air as AC/DC plan to go ahead with the 10 rescheduled shows on the US leg of their Rock or Bust World Tour with a guest vocalist.

"Tomorrow's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York in early April will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist," the statement said.

It's a blow for the veteran rockers who toured last year without founding member, guitarist Malcolm Young, after he was diagnosed with dementia.

Following Young's diagnosis, the band also had to contend with drummer Phil Rudd's arrest in New Zealand.

Rudd was sentenced to eight months' home detention after he pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill, and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

But the show must go on and AC/DC have been touring worldwide since last year with replacement drummer Chris Slade and guitarist Stevie Young - Malcolm and Angus' nephew.

Johnson took over frontman duties in 1980 after Bon Scott's sudden death. Scott died in London after a heavy night of drinking.

At this point, lead guitarist and founding member Angus Young is the last AC/DC original and now with Johnson's future in doubt, maybe the days of Australia's biggest rock band could be numbered.

AAP

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