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Axl Rose Prepares For AC/DC Debut

LISBON, PORTUGAL (CelebrityAccess) — Guns N' Roses frontman makes his debut as the new frontman for AC/DC as the band opens the European leg of their tour at the Passeio Marítimo de Algés in Lisbon on Saturday.

Rose is filling in for Brian Johnson, who was forced to bow out of the tour after he was advised by doctors that he risked total hearing loss if he continued. In a subsequent statement, Johnson expressed his severe disappointment at not being able to continue, but assured his fans that he was not planning to retire.

Johnson had served as the band's vocalist since the original lead singer Bon Scott died in 1980.

"It's a horrible thing and the hope (is) that it gets better," Rose said in a video statement posted on the band's Facebook page.

"I'm not dancing around about this because it's not like … okay somebody's said they're going to go do something else, it's because of an unfortunate circumstance and that's something I'm very aware of," Rose added. – Staff Writers