Back in 2016, Brian Johnson was forced to leave AC/DC due to hearing issues. However, thanks to a specialist, the frontman has since been able to return to the band.
Johnson told Rolling Stone the following about his previous hearing issues:
“It was pretty serious. I couldn’t hear the tone of the guitars at all. It was a horrible kind of deafness. I was literally getting by on muscle memory and mouth shapes. I was starting to really feel bad about the performances in front of the boys, in front of the audience. It was crippling. There’s nothing worse than standing there and not being sure… The docs said, ‘Deaf is deaf, son.’ Cliff [Williams] and Angus [Young] didn’t want to be responsible for me damaging my ears any further. … Shit happens. At least it wasn’t terminal.”
He also added the following about the specialist who helped him:
“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.”
AC/DC’s new album “PWR/UP” will be released on November 13 with the first single, “Shot In The Dark,” set to debut tonight (October 6) at 9:00 p.m. PDT.