Sunday, March 13, 2016

AC/DC Frontman Brian Johnson is Deaf!

Brian Johnson is deaf! Earlier this week the long-time lead singer of AC/DC was told to stop performing in the bands North American leg of the "Rock or Bust" tour, in order to avoid total hearing loss. With twenty more concert dates still scheduled, devastated fans eagerly wait to hear what the band plans to do moving forward.

While many assumed that Johnson's risk of hearing loss stems from touring with AC/DC, the singer attributed his hearing loss to racing cars in a 2014 interview with shock jock legend Howard Stern. Johnson said, "I didn't get it from music. I got it from sitting in a race car too long without earplugs. I heard me eardrum burst, because I forgot to put me plugs in under my helmet. That's how it happened. Music had nothing to do with it."

Unfortunately like many Classic Rock bands today, AC/DC has lost almost all of its original band members.  Although Johnson was not a member of the band from the start, he joined following the death of former front man and lead singer Bon Scott.

Back in Black was the first record Johnson recorded as a member of AC/DC. It went on to become the second best-selling album in history, making AC/DC one of the most successful bands ever to change lead singers during their rise to fame.

What many people don't know is that the band did not start out with Scott as their lead vocalist. Like Johnson, he replaced the bands original singer Dave Evans. The only difference was the change wasn't the result of Evans's death.

In light of Johnson's current status, Evans has expressed interest in joining the band for the remaining tour dates.

"When I perform around the world the fans love my music and my performances and I hear what they tell me," Evans told the Sydney Morning Herald. The singer was featured on the AC/DC singles, "Can I Sit Next to You Girl?" and Baby Please Don't Go."

Dave Evans Performs "Highway to Hell" at S.O.S. Fest 

With Johnson potentially unable to rock on stage ever again, guitarist Malcolm Young stepping away from the band to battle dementia, and drummer Phil Rudd under house arrest for past legal woes, fans have begun to wonder if the band should just hang it up. 

Al Hilken, a long time AC/DC enthusiast already bought his ticket to the band's March 29 tour date scheduled to be held at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Hilken tweeted, "I'd rather get my money back than see acdc without the rhythm guitar[ist], drummer and singer. I'm [freaking] pissed"

Although AC/DC has some of the most loyal fans, it is clearly important that they go about this tragedy in the right way. Leaving a bad taste in your fan's mouths is not the note you want to possibly end a career on.

Evans stated, "How many AC/DC cover bands are there? Millions, and as long as they play uncompromising hard rock and have someone dressed in a schoolboy uniform they pack in the people. Angus is the real deal... [he] will be thinking to keep the band going. The day Angus retires is the day that AC/DC finishes." 

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