After extended time away from the band, the legends that are Brian Johnson and Phill Rudd are returning to AC/DC.
Johnson originally left the band in 2016 after suffering from hearing loss, saying in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I couldn’t hear the tone of the guitars at all. It was a horrible kind of deafness.”
The lead man was able to battle through performances just using pure ”muscle memory and mouth shapes.” But his condition gradually got worse, “I was starting to really feel bad about the performances in front of the boys, in front of the audience. It was crippling,” he admitted.
Not wanting to risk complete loss of hearing, Johnson stepped away from live performances.
Being the absolute battler that he is, Johnson decided to try out an experimental treatment that is designed to restore hearing. And judging by his return, the results were bloody mint!
On the flip side of that, drummer Phil Rudd also spent an extended period of time away from the band, however that was due to legal issues at the time.
A month before the release of Rock or Bust, Rudd was charged with trying to hire a hitman, threatening to kill someone and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. By April 2015, the procurement charge was dropped, and Rudd pleaded guilty to the other charges. He was sentenced to eight months of home detention.
Moving on from that dusty situation, the band believe that Rudd is a changed man, saying “We defend Phil to the hilt. What happened up there, that’s not the Phil we know. That was just something else. He’s really looking brilliant now and doing everything great.”
The band were planning on touring again until the world collectively shat it's pants with this COVID-19 situation, but here's hoping that quietens down so the boys can get stuck back into what they do best!