Longtime AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has landed a job as the host of a new five-part online radio program called The Producers. Johnson and the show will explore the lives and work of some of rock’s best-known producers, including Roy Thomas Baker, Bob Rock, Nick Raskulinecz and others. The show will air Sundays on Planet Rock, the U.K’.’s largest digital radio station.
This is Johnson’s first major music-related project since retiring from performing live due to serious hearing loss. He said in a statement, “Having been fortunate to work alongside some of the best producers in rock, it’s great to be part of this show with Planet Rock. To be able to shine a light on how a producer captures a moment in the studio and turns it into rock ‘n’ roll dynamite, is great. Being able to listen to these guys talk about what they do best is a joy.”
- Johnson recorded 10 studio albums with AC/DC during his tenure with the band, starting with 1980’s Back In Black and ending with 2014’s Rock Or Bust. The producers the band worked with during that period have included Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Bruce Fairbairn, Rick Rubin and Brendan O’Brien.
- Johnson began the Rock Or Bust touring cycle with AC/DC in early 2015, but had to come off the road earlier this year when doctors advised him he faced total hearing loss if he continued to perform.
- Although Johnson is actively seeking a solution to his issue with hearing technology expert Stephen Ambrose, AC/DC has moved forward with Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses on lead vocals. Rose completed a European tour with the band and will appear on 10 North American shows later this summer.
CHECK IT OUT: Find out more about The Producers here
- Brian has done some TV hosting before as well…do you think this could be a new career for him?
- Regardless of what else he does, would you still prefer to see him back with AC/DC?
- Do you think he has a chance of returning if he can solve his hearing issue?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Ultimate Classic Rock — agree or not?
Mark Weichold wrote: “Good to hear I am happy for Brian, axl does not belong in AC/DC he is the front man for GNR.”
Simon Roberts wrote: “Well 5 million disagree, lol.”
Asad Khan wrote: “The thing is I think Angus is just going to live off the brand and not the band.”
John M Maher Jr wrote: “way to go Brian! will be listening keep it heavy and rock on!!!”