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AC/DC Star Addresses Retirement Speculation And Axl Rose

05/19/2016
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(hennemusic) AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has addresses an Angus Young retirement rumor and the band's current tour with Guns N' Roses frontman taking over lead vocals in the group in place of Brian Johnson, who stepped aside for live performances in March on the advice of doctors in order to prevent further damage to his hearing.

Slade addressed the questions in a series of interactions with fans on his Facebook page including the group's current European tour with Rose, and the band's future moving forward.

"Of course, everyone would like it to be Brian up there, but unfortunately, due to his health problems, this is not possible," writes Slades. "Axl is doing a wonderful job, and the majority opinion now is that the band were right to finish the Rock Or Bust tour with him. Fans have the opportunity to go to the shows or not, it is entirely their choice or indeed their loss."

The Rock Or Bust tour marks the return of Slade and guitarist Stevie Young to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd.

The Axl-led AC/DC has extended shows from 20 to 23 songs on the spring run with the addition of three classic tracks, including a pair from 1978's "Powerage" - "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" and "Riff Raff" - and "If You Want Want Blood (You've Got It)" from 1979's "Highway To Hell."

When a fan expressed concern over the changes and speculated if guitarist Angus Young was considering shutting AC/DC down and retiring, Slade replied: "Angus is definitely NOT thinking of retiring." Read more and see videos of the performance of the rarities here.

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