AC/DC has been forced to postpone the remaining 10 dates on its current U.S. tour, with singer Brian Johnson advised by doctors that he faces “total hearing loss” unless he comes off the road immediately. The postponed dates start on Tuesday (March 8th) with a show in Atlanta, finishing on April 4th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Also affected are concerts in Detroit, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Philadelphia and others.
Although the band has said that the gigs will be rescheduled for later in the year, it has not given any indication yet of when. But perhaps most shockingly, the band will likely make up the concerts with a “guest vocalist.”
- Asked about the prospect of retiring one day, Johnson told us a while back that he would know when the time had come: [“You know, retirement is like anything. A good footballer or a good ice hockey player, they don’t want to retire. But unfortunately, sometimes there’s a time when you have to call it quits.”] SOUNDCUE (:09 OC: . . . call it quits.)
- Current ticket holders can hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receive a refund at point of purchase.
- AC/DC has been on the road since last year in support of its 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust, which arrived in December 2014.
- This album cycle has been plagued with bad luck, including the retirement of founding member Malcolm Young after he was diagnosed with dementia, and the arrest of drummer Phil Ruddon charges of drug possession and threatening to kill.
- AC/DC replaced Malcolm with nephew Stevie Young and brought back former drummer Chris Slade to replace Rudd.
- Postponed AC/DC tour dates:
March 8 – Atlanta, Ga. – Philips Arena
March 11 – Fort 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 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
April 4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Questions for our listeners:
- Has your hearing been affected by attending rock concerts?
- Doesn’t this sound like a heartbreaking scenario after all the bad luck this band has had recently?
- Do you think it’s a wise or bad idea for AC/DC to even think about performing the shows with a guest vocalist? Brian has been the singer for 36 years!
- Is this a sign — along with all the other recent calamities — that it might be time for AC/DC to call it a day?