Just a short time ago we blogged about the situation pertaining to Brian Johnson and his sudden departure from AC/DC and you can read that blog here. Finally, to answer the bell from Johnson’s point of view, he has just issued a statement which follows the band’s earlier statement which confirmed G & R’s frontman (Axl Rose) as Johnson’s replacement for the balance of the current tour. Johnson, reflecting on being told by doctors that he faced a total hearing loss if he continued to perform live, called that “the darkest day of my professional life.” He then added this:
“I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage. I was having difficulty hearing the guitars on stage and because I was not able to hear the other musicians clearly, I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised. In all honesty this was something I could not in good conscience allow. Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond.”
Feeling “personally crushed” Johnson summed up the the entire saga this way: “The emotional experience I feel now is worse than anything I have ever in my life felt before.”
“Being part of AC/DC, making records and performing for the millions of devoted fans this past 36 years has been my life’s work,. I cannot imagine going forward without being part of that, but for now I have no choice. The one thing for certain is that I will always be with AC/DC at every show in spirit, if not in person. My thanks also go to Angus [Young] and Cliff [Williams] for their support.”
“Finally, I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell.”
The end of a career for anyone is a sobering reality; this is especially true for performers. No one wants it to end for the most part. Johnson, faced with a physical obstacle, is–for the time being–out of choices. It is encouraging however, that B.J. did not close the door entirely on his career. Whether he ever returns to the live stage or not he has the right attitude and we certainly wish his the best regardless of the outcome. We salute you Brian.
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor