Unconfirmed: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson ‘kicked to the curb’ by band
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was “kicked to the curb” according to Johnson’s friend, comedian Jim Breuer, after the 67-year-old frontman informed band co-founder Angus Young of his hearing condition.
So far, there’s been no official update confirming this story from either AC/DC or Brian Johnson.
Breuer informed listeners of AC/DC’s situation via his podcast, “The Metal In Me,” after recently spending time with Johnson. “(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.’”
According to Breuer, Johnson was optimistic about making up the dates on the band’s current U.S. tour and finishing as many remaining dates on the AC/DC itinerary as possible.
Then his tour luggage showed up on his driveway.
“Then all his luggage that he toured with showed up at his driveway. There’s been no calls. No, ‘How’s your hearing? How’s your health?’ Boom. Here’s your (stuff), nice to know you.”
According to the band’s website, Johnson was “advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.” The press release went on to state the remaining 10 U.S. dates of the band’s current “Rock or Bust” tour would be rescheduled later in the year and “likely with a guest vocalist.”