Brian Johnson Speaks Out About His Dismissal From AC/DC
April 20, 2016 at 3:21 AM (PT)
Now that it's official that AC/DC has secured AXL ROSE as vocalist for the band's remaining Rock or Bust tour, we're finally hearing from displaced lead singer BRIAN JOHNSON, who says he's "crushed" that he's gone from the band.
JOHNSON has released a statement, discussing his health issues in greater detail, saying, "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."
JOHNSON continued, "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."
He thanked guitarist ANGUS YOUNG and bassist CLIFF WILLIAMS for their support, noting, "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. That was the darkest day of my professional life."
AC/DC's tour with AXL ROSE begins in LISBON, PORTUGAL on MAY 7th.