AC/DC has taken to social media to address the circumstances surrounding singer Brian Johnson‘s exit from the band.
Bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young, along with GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose, who is filling in for Brian, filmed a one-minute video explaining why Johnson had decided to step down as AC/DC‘s lead singer.
“You get a lot of rumors out there; a lot of people think Brian was fired. [But] that’s not the case,” Angus said.
“It was mainly his hearing. He already had a very bad ear, and the good ear that he had left was dropping rapidly. I mean, it was an ongoing [issue]… all the way pretty much through the tour from the beginning.”
Cliff elaborated: “He had an instance where there was a marked drop in that one good ear and it came back, but not completely. The doc told him this can happen again and it may not come back. So, you know, you kind of… What do you do with that?”
Angus added that the decision to have Brian replaced for the upcoming tour “was out of our hands,” insisting that “it was [Brian‘s] call what he felt” the best way to proceed was.
“We wouldn’t win in a lot of situations because if we just stopped, there would have been a lot of people unhappy.”
Rose will make his debut with AC/DC on a 12-show European leg starting on Saturday, May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.
“It’s a horrible thing [what happened to Brian],” said Axl. “And you hope that he gets better.
Johnson was forced to stop touring for now or risk going deaf, with AC/DC immediately beginning a search for a vocalist to complete the European shows and the rescheduled North American dates later in the year.