The Olympic Stadium’s first major rock gig has been thrown into doubt after AC/DC postponed their US tour dates.

The heavy metal band were due to launch the next phase of Stratford’s showpiece on June 4 but if they play at all it is likely to be without frontman Brian Johnson.

He has been advised by doctors to stop performing immediately, or risk “total hearing loss”.

The band were due to take their Rock Or Bust world tour to Atlanta on Tuesday (March 8) but have called off the remaining 10 dates of the tour, including a gig at Madison Square Gardens, New York.

The band broke the news earlier today with a statement issued to their official website : “AC/DC’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. The show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York in early April will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist.

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“More information regarding these rescheduled shows to come. Current ticket holders can hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receive a refund at point of purchase.”

The tour was in support of their 2014 release Rock or Bust - their first album since 2008's Black Ice and the first without founding member Malcolm Young, who received a diagnosis of dementia.

His nephew, Stevie Young, filled in for him on the album while the iconic guitarist made the live tour.

The band were also due to play the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on June 9.