Following length speculation over who would replace AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson – the singer was ordered to stop touring due to hearing loss – the band have finally confirmed Axl Rose as their new lead singer.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Rose will take over Johnson’s role for AC/DC’s upcoming Rock Or Bust World Tour – which sees the band play London’s Olympic Stadium and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in June.

A statement from AC/DC’s official website read:

“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing.

We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment. AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals.

The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary). Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N Roses, Not In This Lifetime Summer Stadium Tour. The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.”

This AC/DC article was written by James Hall. Edited by Adam Skirving.