AC/DC: Jetzt spricht Brian Johnson

Erstmals seit seinem Aus als Live-Sänger von AC/DC meldet sich nun Brian Johnson zu Wort.  In einem offenen Brief schreibt der 68-Jährige über seine Gesundheit. Den Tag der ärztlichen Diagnose – als ihm gesagt wurde, er könnte sein Gehör verlieren – bezeichnet er als „den schwärzesten Tag meines Lebens.“ Johnson wurde – zumindest für den Rest der aktuellen Tour – durch Guns N‘ Roses-Frontmann Axl Rose ersetzt.

Zu Rose schreibt Johnson jedoch nichts, auch nichts zu dem ganzen öffentlichen Tamtam, das um diese Personalie gemacht wird.

Johnson bekräftigt aber, dass er sich nicht zur Ruhe setzen will. „Die Ärzte sagten, dass ich weiter im Studio aufnehmen könne – und das habe ich auch vor.“ Er hofft auch, dass sich sein Gehör doch noch verbessert und ein Bühnen-Comeback nicht ausgeschlossen wäre. „Ich bleibe optimistisch.“

Der offene Brief im Original:

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 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. 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.

Since that day, I have had several consultations with my doctors and it appears that, for the near future, I will be unable to perform on stage at arena and stadium size venues where the sound levels are beyond my current tolerance, without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness. Until that time, I tried as best as I could to continue despite the pain and hearing loss but it all became too much to bear and too much to risk.

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