Brian Johnson opens up about having to leave AC/DC

music news 05/02/2018

Former AC/DC frontman, Brian Johnson has recently opened up about the hearing problems that forced him to leave the band in 2016.

He had to leave suddenly during AC/DC's world tour for their 2014 album 'Rock or Bust' and was eventually replaced by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose.

Johnson said he didn't want to cheat AC/DC fans in his performances.

“Onstage it was getting harder and harder to hear the guitars, even hear the keys, and I was basically going on muscle memory,” Johnson told the Sunday Times in a recent interview. “And I’m not the kind of guy who likes to cheat. The way I look at it, I had a great run.”

After he left he vowed to try and keep performing and has returned to the stage a few times since then.

In December Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott criticised the way AC/DC dealt with Johnson’s issues. “I wouldn’t have done it like that,” he said. “I can’t speak for Angus [Young] and his team as to what their reasons were for doing what they did, but considering that we had a drummer lose an arm and we waited for him, the way that they dealt with it was not the way I would have done it. Put it that way. ... But it’s not really AC/DC anymore, is it? It's basically just Angus and the other four now – so I don't know that Brian's ever gonna come back.”

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock