Brian Johnson’s “The Lives of Brian” Memoir Set For Release
Australian rock group AC/DC performs at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, September 20, 1980. Pictured is Brian Johnson. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
The Australian band AC/DC is known for being one of the pioneers of heavy metal music. Their music gave them a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and even bagged them a Grammy award in 2010. The inspiration gave many an inspiration, not just as a band, but also each of the members individually.
Brian Johnson, who became the band’s lead singer may not be one of its original members, however, he gave a fair share into making the band who they are today. He first scrapped for years in the band Geordie before being invited to become the AC/DC singer. He replaced Bon Scott after his death when the Australian rockers invited Johnson to audition. The guy landed the gig and made his AC/DC debut one of the best selling albums ever.
With the help of the singer, AC/DC enjoyed more than four decades of stratospheric success. Unfortunately, the singer was forced to resign from the road due to accelerated hearing loss in 2016. On the other hand, the band was still able to complete their ongoing tour with help from Axl Rose. By 2018, after completing his rehabilitation, Jonson was back in the band, and AC/DC released the chart-topping Power Up in 2020.
The singer shared his experience with regards to the process of restoring his hearing. He enlisted a medical specialist to visit him once a month for three years in search of a remedy. Johnson told Rolling Stone in 2020:
“The first time he came down he brought this thing that looked like a car battery.
“I went, ‘What in the hell is that?’ He said, ‘We’re going to miniaturize it.’ It took two and a half years. He came down once a month. We’d sit there and it was boring as shit with all these wires and computer screens and noises. But it was well worth it. The only thing I can tell you is that it uses the bone structure in the skull as a receiver. That’s as much as I can tell you.”
Stories like this will be included in the book entitled The Lives of Brian, which will be out in bookstores this coming October. In this memoir, Johnson, will detail his life and career. He will also share one of the best-known and most fortuitous stories in the rock ‘n’ roll scene.