AC/DC postpones tour to save singer's hearing

By Shawn Price  |  Updated March 8, 2016 at 6:13 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famers AC/DC announced they will postpone the rest of their U.S. tour due to singer Brian Johnson's risk of going completely deaf.

The band said on their website late Monday that 68-year-old Johnson, who has been with the band since 1980 has "been advised by his doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss."

The remaining U.S. dates will be made up later "likely with a guest vocalist" the website stated.

It could be a sign the legendary hard rock band is close to the end. At least as a touring act. In 2014, co-founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to retire from touring due to dementia and last year, former drummer Phil Rudd was convicted of drug possession and threatening to kill someone. He served two years of home detention.

The band had built a steady following in the late 1970s, especially from the album Highway to Hell, before original lead singer Bon Scott died, but they became a big-selling, stadium-filling success after Johnson joined for the album Back in Black.

The band released Rock or Bust in November and has been touring to promote it.

The canceled dates include Tuesday show in Atlanta, followed by dates in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Greensboro, N.C., Washington D.C., Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland, Buffalo, Philadelphia and New York.

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