By: Renee Grant
It’s been a little over a year since Brian Johnson announced that he left AC/DC due to hearing impairment from years of performance. While fans speculated if they’d ever have the chance to see Johnson take to the stage again, he put it all to rest when he returned to the stage on Sunday night, May 14th.
Johnson joined Robert Plant at Paul Rodgers‘ concert in Oxford, England to sing the classic hit Money (That’s What I Want). The trio took turns on lead vocals before coming together in sweet harmony to end the track.
Johnson sounded great for someone who was told to stop performing live not so long ago, or risk “total deafness.”
At the time of his initial announcement last April, Johnson said of his condition, “On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage.”
The rocker went on to say, “I am personally crushed by this development more than anyone could ever imagine. 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.”
It’s possible that he may be there in person, belting out tunes, at least for a few shows.
In October of last year, Johnson showed signs of hope after meeting with hearing technology specialists Asius, with the company hoping to restore Johnson’s ability to rock on “without any threat of damage to his hearing.” It seems they may be on the verge of making that dream a reality.
Catch the performance below and welcome Brian back to the stage where he belongs!