AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson‘s close friend, comedian Jim Breuer, slammed the band’s co-founding guitarist, Angus Young, over his treatment of Johnson’s revelation that the singer would have to stop touring or face total hearing loss. Speaking on the Talk Toomey podcast, Breuer said, “As a fan, I will say I don’t think he was treated well at all. At the end of the day, Brian is a huge, huge entity, and he is just (as much of) a part of AC/DC as the (Young) brothers, whether they wanna realize it or not.”
He continued, “Here’s a man that’s been with you for 36 years . . . after that long, you hear Brian’s hearing is going and he can’t really tour, me as a fan — and I think most fans — would think you’d see the band together in a press conference . . . to not see that and just read a headline that says ‘We’re replacing — looking for new singers,’ and you don’t hear anything from Brian until Axl(Rose) is official, me personally, it’s a little weird.”
- Breuer added, “It seemed like, at the end, when it was all said and done, Brian came off very classy, and Angus came off cold, like Walmart just replacing a cashier.”
- The comedian added that Young “needs to know his audience, and he needs to know how much love, time, investment and money we put into Brian Johnson.”
- The legendary Australian band postponed the last 10 dates of its recent North American tour after doctors told Johnson he faced “total hearing loss.” AC/DC later announced that it would use Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist” on 12 European dates and the 10 North American ones, with Johnson apparently not returning to the band at all.
- Johnson issued a statement on April 19th in which he detailed the hearing problems that forced him to stop touring. While he promised to continue recording, he couldn’t say whether he would ever perform onstage with AC/DC again.
- Breuer made headlines in March when he said on his podcast that Johnson felt “kicked to the curb” when the band announced it would reschedule shows without him.
- Johnson has been AC/DC’s singer since 1980, when he replaced the late Bon Scott. He made his recording debut with the group on the classic Back In Black.
- Axl Rose will make his live debut with the band this Saturday (May 7th) in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Do you think Breuer’s right? Did AC/DC treat Brian Johnson disrespectfully?
- On the other hand, should Breuer be injecting himself publicly into the band’s business?
- At this point, after 36 years, should Brian Johnson have been considered more than a “hired hand”?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Kevin Medina wrote: “Breuer needs to STFU. Unless Brian told him word-for-word what happened, then he doesn’t know. Sounds to me like he wants to get headlines for himself.”
Rich Brucher wrote: “Axl is just a temp. Brian wasn’t ousted. He’ll be back if he feels to continue. Angus knows the band went to world Wide stardom with brians help.”
David Ortiz wrote: “retire the ac/dc name and school boy uniform and just have angus and cliff play under another name. Angus can also join guns n roses as an equal partner. the set can have hits from both groups.”
Dustin Evans wrote:; “I want to hear it from Brian. I mean, I love Breuer and I think he’s a funny comedian, but this is a good way to start drama.”
Renato F. Palhano wrote: “Bands like AC/DC become a brand where Angus is the cover boy and music is just their product. Brian was just an old employee like Breuer says.”