According to a press release, doctors have advised Johnson that if he does not stop touring, he risks “total hearing loss.”
As a result, AC/DC have postponed the remainder of their US tour, including an April 4th performance at Madison Square Garden. A press release notes that these shows will be rescheduled later in the year, “likely with a guest vocalist.”
AC/DC were on tour in support of their 2014 album, Rock or Bust. Even before Johnson’s ailments, the band’s touring lineup was shorthanded. Founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to retire due worsening dementia. Meanwhile, drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months home detention after threatening to kill a former employee and being found in possession of drugs.
AC/DC 2016 Tour Dates:
03/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
03/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
03/14 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
03/17 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
03/20 – Aurburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
03/23 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
03/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
03/29 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
04/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
04/04 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Below, watch fan-shot footage from what could be one AC/DC’s final performances ever with Johnson, at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center on February 20th.