acdc, Video: AC/DC guitarist Angus Young denies singer Brian Johnson was fired from the band…

AC/DC have addressed the circumstances surrounding vocalist Brian Johnson’s departure from the band.

Bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young, along with Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, recently released a one-minute video explaining why Johnson had decided to stop touring with the band.

Angus says: “You get a lot of rumors out there; a lot of people think Brian was fired. [But] that’s not the case.

“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 added: “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 also said that the decision to have Brian replaced for the upcoming tour “was out of our hands,” saying that “it was [Brian’s] call what he felt” the best way to move forward.

“We wouldn’t win in a lot of situations because if we just stopped, there would have been a lot of people unhappy.”

“It’s a horrible thing [what happened to Brian],” says Axl. “And you hope that he gets better.

“I’m not dancing around about this, because it’s not like, okay, somebody said they’re gonna go do something else. It’s because of an unfortunate circumstance. And that’s something I’m very aware of.”

In a separate video, Axl spoke about the challenge of replacing Brian for the upcoming shows.

“‘Back In Black’ is the highest-selling rock album of all time, so it’s, like, you’d be measured a lot singing. And there’s nothing I can… I can’t take anything away from Brian’s singing. It is what it is. It’s, like, he’s one of the rock singers.

“And how many albums have they got? I have a couple. It’s, like, I have a couple [laughs], and they have a stack.”

Rose has said that he didn’t know if he could do the shows or not, saying: “For one, it was scheduling. Two, it’s, like, just how they do things; I didn’t know. Would it work? Would we get along? That kind of thing. And also just the material itself. I hadn’t fully listened to certain things. I think in a car or whatever, you can sing part of ‘Back In Black’, but I never tried to sing the songs fully. I’d sing a little bit of ‘Shoot To Thrill’, but you always knew it was a really tough song to sing. And I never tried to do it professionally or learn the thing. So, yeah, it’s a challenge, and I wanna do right by the band and the fans.”

Rose will make his debut with AC/DC on a 12-show European leg starting on Saturday, May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.

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