AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has been “kicked to the curb” by the band after 36 years, according to Johnson’s close friend, comedian Jim Breuer. AC/DC recently postponed the last 10 shows on its latest North American trek after it was reported that Johnson’s doctors advised him to come off the road or face “total hearing loss.” But Breuer says there is more to the story.
On his “The Metal In Me” podcast, Breuer says he saw Johnson in Sarasota, Florida on March 11th, where the singer told him that his doctor had confirmed some hearing loss during the first, mostly outdoor, leg of AC/DC’s world tour. According to Breuer, Johnson said, “(The doctor said), ‘Now you’re gonna go out and do indoor (shows)? I do not put my name on this. You’re a grown man. You make a decision, but I would not mess around with this at all.'”
- Johnson then went to guitarist Angus Young and AC/DC management to explain the situation, according to Breuer, who said, “(Brian) said that he called and let (AC/DC and Young) know, ‘Hey, this is what the doctor said, but let’s try to figure this out. I don’t think it’s as bad as he said it is.’ Literally the next day in the press, it was ‘Brian Johnson, tour canceled, he’s losing his hearing.'”
- Breuer continued, “(Johnson) said he just called and gave that information. He didn’t say he wanted to quit. He didn’t say he was done. He called with that information, and two days later, he read in the papers and heard on Twitter and everywhere else, ‘Brian Johnson going deaf canceling tour.’ A day later, and it was, ‘Oh, we’re gonna have guest singers.'”
- Shockingly, Breuer added that Johnson suspects that he has already been replaced in AC/DC. Breuer said, “He feels like he heard from someone that they already hired somebody, it just hasn’t been announced yet.”
- Breuer said that Johnson still felt like a “hired gun” after 36 years, and that Angus Young as the band’s youngest member wants to keep going for another decade and at least one more album and tour.
- Johnson has been the band’s singer since 1980, when he replaced the late Bon Scott. He made his recording debut with the group on the classic Back In Black.
- AC/DC has been on the road since last year in support of its 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust. The band has said it will make up the postponed dates, possibly with a “guest vocalist.”
CHECK IT OUT: Here’s Breuer’s podcast in which he talks about Johnson’s situation: