Brian Johnson

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Brian Johnson at a live concert in 2008

Brian Johnson (born October 5, 1947 in Dunston , Newcastle ) is a British rock singer who became known as the singer of the Australian hard rock band AC / DC .


Brian Johnson had some appearances with Geordie as opening act for the band Fraternity in the early 1970s , where he also met Bon Scott , the lead singer of AC / DC. He often spoke of Johnson later at AC / DC. This is what the remaining band members remembered after Scott's death, and so Brian Johnson took the microphone as Bon Scott's successor. He himself had become aware of the band through a television program called "Rock Goes To College" in 1978; He reported this in an interview in the documentary "AC / DC - Behind The Music". He was "totally enthusiastic" about the style of the band, especially Bon Scott and Angus Young (original: "I was hooked"). Johnson's trademark has always been a balloon cap that his brother gave him so that his hair would not get stuck together when he worked in a car factory. He wears them almost every gig.

Brian Johnson has been the official singer for AC / DC since April 3, 1980; he had his first live appearance with the band on June 29, 1980 in Namur ( Belgium ).

In late 2007, Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams recorded three songs ( Chain Gang , Chase the Tail and Who Phoned the Law ) for the film Totally Baked , which was only released on DVD.

In 2013 Brian Johnson recorded two songs with Sting for his new album The Last Ship . In March 2016, AC / DC had to cancel the US part of the rock-or-bust tour, otherwise Johnson would have threatened permanent deafness. The remaining ten concerts were made up for with guest singer Axl Rose , as were the later concerts in Europe. However, Brian Johnson announced that he would continue to be a member of AC / DC. He can no longer perform live, but can still work in the studio.


  • 1972 to 1975 Chicago (later USA and then renamed Geordie)
  • 1979 to 1980 Geordie II (Geordie newly formed)
  • since 1980 AC / DC


with Geordie

  • 1973: Hope You Like It
  • 1974: Don't Be Fooled by The Name
  • 1976: Save The World
  • 1978: No Good Woman
  • 1989: Keep On Rocking

with AC / DC


  • 1982: Strange Man (not a real solo record, but a best-of compilation by Geordie, released under the name of Brian Johnson)
  • 2007: Totally Baked Soundtrack


Individual evidence

  1. Brian Johnson on the new Sting album ( September 22, 2013 memento on the Internet Archive ) on
  2. Tour canceled: AC / DC singer Brian Johnson faces deafness., March 8, 2016, accessed on March 23, 2016 .
  3. After Brian Johnson's failure: Axl Rose becomes lead singer at AC / DC. In: Spiegel Online . April 17, 2016, accessed December 31, 2016 .
  4. Ben Foitzik: AC / DC singer Brian Johnson on his illness-related exit. In: May 6, 2016, accessed December 31, 2016 .

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