AC/DC halt tour after lead’s hearing loss risk

Rock band AC/DC halts 10 tour dates because lead singer risks hearing loss. Holly Rubenstein reports.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA / INDIO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (Reuters) – Rock band AC/DC have been forced to reschedule 10 dates on the U.S. leg of their “Rock or Bust” world tour.

Their publicist said that lead singer Brian Johnson has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

Known for its blazing guitars and full-throated vocals on songs like “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell”, the band will be rescheduling dates later this year, likely with a guest vocalist.

The 68-year-old has been the lead singer with AC/DC since 1980. It’s a further set back for the band. In 2014 it was revealed that founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young would not be joining them on tour as he was suffering from dementia.