Ever since long time AC/DC singer Brian Johnson left the band recently due to health concerns regarding his hearing, many fans have speculated and started rumours that he was fired by the band rather than leaving of his own accord. However, in a recent video interview with lead guitarist Angus Young, bassist Cliff Williams, and Guns N' Roses and temporary AC/DC stand-in singer Axl Rose Young insists that is not the case.
“You get a lot of rumors out there; a lot of people think Brian was fired. That’s not the case. It was mainly his hearing. He already had a very bad ear, and the good ear that he had left was dropping rapidly. I mean, it was ongoing … all the way pretty much through the tour from the beginning.”
Williams also put his two cents in, saying:
“He had an instance where there was a marked drop in that one good ear and it came back, but not completely. The doc told him this can happen again and it may not come back. So, you know, you kind of — what do you do with that?”
Understandably AC/DC was going to get a lot of backlash from the fans no matter what they did because if they cancelled the rest of the tour, thousands of people who paid good money would be let down. If they carried on however, fans would be angry that they were trying to replace the band's beloved front man. Young comments on the situation, saying “We wouldn’t win in a lot of situations, because if we just stopped, there would have been a lot of people unhappy.”
As many of you already know, AC/DC has in fact decided to continue on by having Rose stand in for Johnson for the remainder of the Rock or Bust tour. This of course has met with many mixed reactions, including several fans returning their tickets for a refund. I can kind of understand where they are coming from, but at the same time I think they are missing out because this is a once in a life time kind of opportunity. Nobody can replace Brian Johnson, but getting the chance to see two rock n' roll gods join forces like this is something you don't see every day. Personally, I envy the people who are still going to go to the shows.