After getting replaced by Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses for the rest of the tour, Johnson has decided to speak up about why he left the band.
“I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness,” Johnson said in a written statement. “While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage.”
Johnson described the day he left AC/DC as “the darkest day of my professional life.”
However, Johnson isn’t banned from music all together. His doctors stated that he can still record in studios, but should avoid performing in large venues and arenas.
“I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances,” Johnson said. “While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell.”
Though he seems fairly open-minded now, his rapid eviction from AC/DC prompted some, including Johnson, to speculate that the rest of the band already had a replacement in mind.Read more for the gritty details of Johnson’s replacement: