Brian Johnson feels “crushed” he had to leave AC/DC’s world tour after being told by doctors he risked “total deafness” if he continued per...
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Reveals He Risked ‘Total Deafness’ If He Continued Touring
But he has vowed to continue to make new music in the studio.
The 68-year-old singer, below – now replaced by Axl Rose – has described having to quit the band’s current Rock Or Bust shows as the “darkest day” of his career, but he was left with no option but to pull out of the concerts due to the severity of his medical diagnosis.
In a statement, he explained: “As many AC/DC fans know, the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled with a guest singer. I want to personally to explain the reason because I don’t believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented.
“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. 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.”