AC/DC singer Brian Johnson says he is not retiring from music despite doctors telling him he risks substantial hearing loss if he continues to perform in large arenas and stadiums.
Johnson said in a statement that he intends to continue to record in studios and will continue treatment to improve his hearing.
The Back In Black singer will be replaced by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose for the Rock or Bust world tour beginning on May 7 in Lisbon.
Johnson said he was “personally crushed” at the news that he could no longer perform and feels terrible for disappointing fans.
The 68-year-old said his hearing issues were overblown, and he felt he was unfairly kicked out of the band.
The car racing enthusiast said the problems hadn’t come from performing for 36 years with AC/DC, but from forgetting to put ear plugs in during a race, which left him with a punctured left eardrum.