AC/DC’s Brian Johnson joked about hearing loss back in 1983


By Steve Newton

The biggest news in the rock world recently has revolved around AC/DC having to hire Axl Rose to take the place of Brian Johnson for the remainder of its Rock or Bust World Tour.

Johnson, the band’s singer since replacing Bon Scott in 1980, had to leave the band–or got tossed out, depending on what you heard–because of serious hearing issues. Apparently he risked total hearing loss if he continued.

So it’s kinda ironic that, when I interviewed AC/DC at a Vancouver hotel back on October 10, 1983–on the eve of its Flick of the Switch tour–the subject of potential hearing damage came up. And I guess it’s also ironic that Johnson joked about it, replying “hmmm?” before looking at his watch and saying “quarter past eleven” when I asked if he feared for his hearing.

Malcolm got his two bits in on the subject as well.

Have a listen:


More audio excerpts from that interview to come, in case anybody wants to here ’em.

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