AC/DC Frontman On Retirement

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson admitted that he has been considering retirement.

AC/DC Frontman On Retirement
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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson admitted in a new interview with Classic Rock magazine that he has been considering retirement. "We were talking about the end of the tour and I said, 'We're finishing in May and that's me done!'" he says. "But Malcolm [Young, rhythm guitarist] said, 'What are you talkin' about? We're not gonna let you retire!' And now they're talking about next year. I'm going, 'What do you mean next year? We're finishing in May in Japan, I'll be tired!' And they said: 'Well, we've been offered some festivals'" The 61-year-old Johnson, who is scheduled to publish his autobiography "Rockers And Rollers" in October, insists that he remains fully committed to AC/DC, but says, "It's a tough one. It's not me it's just my age," he reveals. "I try to keep myself fit, and I love it being in this band. But it's not just me Cliff [Williams, bassist] is knocking on a bit more than the others. The other lads are in their early 50s. I'm the old dog in the regiment. "It's a purely selfish thing. I don't want to look a prat if I try to push it too far. I don't want for people to see me on stage and say, 'Oh, poor old f--ker, the band's carrying him!'" Despite this, Johnson says he's feeling as good as he's ever done, and enjoying every moment on stage. "We've been out on the road since September [2008], but it never gets boring," he says. "They're just the best rock band, and just to listen to them every night, it gets me. Every time they kick in, you think, What the f--k! You're on again and you're thinking, 'This is ridiculous! I'm still grooving!'" Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    TheHammer
    No way, Brian and Lemmy must have been brainwashed, not having them would be like Jesus not killing terrorists with his sweet ninja sword and M16 while blindfolded underwater 164 miles away in a bunker underground doing one armed push ups off a bed of nails
    theotherguy7145
    Ac/Dc have been there since the dawn of Rock! They can't simply quit! They should continue to rock until they have to roll the band out in their wheelchairs!
    !@#$
    He can't quit yet, he just learned how to sing on that last album!
    spyder52
    Brian's On Top Gear!! www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/brian-johnson-to- appear-on-top-gear-this-sunday/
    k0rndog93
    Slay 'Em wrote: They should just stop already, they were really never that good. Like Nirvana....their vocalists had DIFFERENT voices...not good ones and most of their music is just repetitive.
    This.
    playinbass1432
    MetalManiac_86 wrote: I don't think we have to worry about this for a few years yet.. Anyway... off topic, but..Give me shit all you want but I prefer Brian's vocals over Bon. Some might not even call it singing...its dirty, raspy and mean and precisely why I like it. Bon had it too, and yeah they had pretty solid/consistent material when he was around... but focusing on the vocals alone, he doesn't do it for me like Brian does. Just an opinion of mine as I am always seeing people raving about Bon Scott.
    I doubt people would be sucking Bon's dick so hard had he lived. I like Brian better, too.
    Ashar78
    Chapz wrote: They should get that Airbourne dude.
    Airbourne are from the same town as me in Australia xP. they kick ass but maybe a little young?
    HammettFTW
    SuicidalFreak wrote: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson admitted in a new interview with Classic Rock magazine that he has been considering retirement. What?! He should keep making music like Lemmy, he's also in 60s and he's never retired.
    yea but it doesnt matter if lemmy cant sing, peeps will still love him, whereas there are already enough brian johnson haters wating for him to slip up.
    Ashar78 wrote: Chapz wrote: They should get that Airbourne dude. Airbourne are from the same town as me in Australia xP. they kick ass but maybe a little young?
    i didnt know airborurne where aussie! sweet!
    cooljew
    CullenT wrote: He's been doing it since 1980, I think (once may hits), 30 years of almost constant recording and touring would make anyone want to retire. How many people in the world have done that?
    it hasn't been constant tho... after razors edge they released an album once every 5 years.... and black ice came out 8 years after stiff upper lip, they need to use the momentum they have right now to record another album.
    Yerjam
    davidgilmour wrote: ac/dc is overrated
    If you have the second biggest selling album worldwide ever I think you deserve all the accolades you get. Although it's sad, it's probably right for Brian to retire if he doesn't feel up to it anymore. Having said that, I think the Youngs will keep going for a long time, most likely under a different banner. I couldn't see AC/DC getting a new singer now.
    holderofthenuse
    playinbass1432 wrote: GUYS THE NEW ALBUM HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED, THIS ARTICLE IS BULLSHIT. Here's the track listing. 1. Hipbreaker 2. Stiff Upper Back 3. This Nursing Home is On Fire 4. Inject the Insulin 5. Caught With Your Adult Diapers Down 6. She Likes Classical 7. Send For The Nurse 8. Can't Stand Up 9. Rocking Chair All The Way 10. It's A Long Way to the Top of the Stairs (If You Wanna Take A Piss)
    lmao
    spyder52
    Ali-b912 wrote: guitarguru1212 wrote: which i'm sad to say could be very soon looking at how much he has abused his body over the years. I'm amazed Lemmy is still alive. Mind you, I don't think he'll go too soon. He seems like the bastard son of the 60's who lives to show us kids why drugs are bad. And if Brian Johnson retires Malcolm and Angus will probably go on. And AC/DC with another singer will either be 1) Absolutely terrible 2) More of the same 3) Back In Black all over again
    they wouldn't go on, Brian is to much to them. They better just leave it after there most successful album since Back N' Black. They should do instrumental stuff but no new singer
    spyder52
    davidgilmour wrote: ac/dc is overrated
    Failure, The 5th Best selling band of all time (the only real rock band). to bad MJ's still ahead of them
    goneshootin
    guys relax ..i'm sure he's not going to retire in full. music and rock'n is in his blood. i think the boys have just burned him out with this tour and how they constantly keep adding dates. he's just exhausted is all ..count back how many dates they've done on this tour alone ..imagine waling your lungs out for that much and still being expected to do MORE! ..i think he just needs alil break from the gigs. he's still got it! they just need to space out there dates alil more imo
    hunterw44
    Man I never even got to go to an AC/DC concert! Please don't retire Brian!! At least try to pull another 10 years!
    guitarfreak6666
    well, if he doesn't retire, then we might hear one more rockin' album and maybe one or two more tours. but all of us know, if he does, then a hell of a good mother fn rocker has retired. rock on brian
    jhans9878
    It would be sad if he retired but it would be sadder to see him wither away as he continue.
    flame_mc
    spyder52 wrote: BigZman95 wrote: Honestly, I think that Angus young is going to die on-stage, trying to play Thunderstruck when he's in his 80's. Ac Dc is the greatest. Are they going to let all of these wanna-be's just step in? I'm 14 and I didn't neccessarily grow up with Ac Dc, but I know that they've got big shoes to fill. Airbourne definately WILL NOT fill them. Sorry, but I hate Airbourne. True, he may be a good replacment for Brian, but Ac Dc's place will never be taken! Elvis is not the king. It's Ac Dc! And Hendrix is second. Oh... and I hate Van Halen. Angus is a lot better. He actually writes good riffs! To true, I'm 15
    WTF are you talking about? eddie has nothing to do with this, and comparing AC/DC with elvis? you're 14 all right... BTW, airbourne kickass... but it's impossible that a member of them could possibly enter AC/DC... it's an age matter i guess... Brian, no need to retire, you're still in great outfit, just keep it up! you could ask jagger and richards some tips for age issues
    oncetaken
    i saw them last year and he looked pretty good and sounded great, but nobody would blame him for retiring
    EternalLife18
    i hope they retire i really dont wanna see them become a novetly band like the stones although they may have passed that stage already
    Vendim
    jhans9878 wrote: It would be sad if he retired but it would be sadder to see him wither away as he continue.
    Exactly my opinion.
    Zeerion
    rofl at playinbass1432. you are a legend brian. if u wanna hang up the microphone then be my guest. we wont think any less of u if u do. it's gonna be sad to see ya go. AC/DC forever man.
    Ali-b912
    guitarguru1212 wrote: which i'm sad to say could be very soon looking at how much he has abused his body over the years.
    I'm amazed Lemmy is still alive. Mind you, I don't think he'll go too soon. He seems like the bastard son of the 60's who lives to show us kids why drugs are bad. And if Brian Johnson retires Malcolm and Angus will probably go on. And AC/DC with another singer will either be 1) Absolutely terrible 2) More of the same 3) Back In Black all over again
    ThatWouldBeJon
    glad im seeing them in a couple days then haha funny im seeing them before my parents ever did and their huge fans.
    trivium036
    I think they should make a one more album, something memorable. Ive already given up on black ice. It just seems like theres no energy in it. One more classic album. Then call it quits.
    Freedomfight3r
    Saw these guys last month, absolutely amazing. So full of energy! It would be such a let down to see him retire.
    gerardk
    Hope he doesnt retire yet....least until i get to see them live!!
    georgemcgrady
    I think if brian wants to retire then he should. He is the only one who can feel what he's feeling, so if he thinks the time is right to pack up then he is right. I saw them live in Manchester in April and they were incredible! Definitley the best concert ive ever been to. But no one can be this good forever, there has to be an end at some point and i think this would be the right time for AC/DC to finish on a high note, after a massive world tour from their 1,000,000th album. It would be better if he retired now, able to look back at an amazing career than him trying to finish another world tour. I dont know any one who could do this stuff at his age, its phenomenal. Whether he retires or not, we all know that Brian Johnson is a Rock n Roll Legend and no one can change what AC/DC have achieved in the past. Rock on AC/DC!
    Zeerion
    1 more thing. why does brian keep getting compared with other bands from the 70's and how they're still touring just like AC/DC. if the man wants to retire, LET HIM.
    lazy town
    playinbass1432 wrote: GUYS THE NEW ALBUM HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED, THIS ARTICLE IS BULLSHIT. Here's the track listing. 1. Hipbreaker 2. Stiff Upper Back 3. This Nursing Home is On Fire 4. Inject the Insulin 5. Caught With Your Adult Diapers Down 6. She Likes Classical 7. Send For The Nurse 8. Can't Stand Up 9. Rocking Chair All The Way 10. It's A Long Way to the Top of the Stairs (If You Wanna Take A Piss)
    bonus tracks: 11. Rock and Roll Fever 12. She Loves to Rock and Roll to Rock 13. Rock the Roll to Rock 14. Roll Roll Roll Your Boat 15. Rock the Rock Rock Rock
    trivium036
    In my opinion airbourne>acdc. Even though im not much of a fan of either band airbourne just sounds more fresh than (modern) acdc. And to me every acdc song since about 1980 sounds almost exactly the same. Although i still do have respect for them, because high voltage is great and it has such a raw sound. But i think now its time for them to stop. I doubt theyll ever release a more than "mediocore" album again. But RESPECT. (this is my own opinion, dont have a go at me)
    ricanhawklight
    right i registerd after reading some of these comments just so i could give a good verbal kick in to any1 who thinks that black ice was not a great album! it was fresh nd new AC/DC dont evolve witht he times so they do sound very old rock...but thats who they are! if brian chooses to retire then thta is fair enough but he dosent need to! There will never ever be another AC/DC again they are a rare breed of band and they still ****ing rock! i saw them live at hampden park i thre my t-shirt at brian and he caught it! in that moment he made my life!!! so enough of this AC/DC retire business they still rock and roll and always will!no one should tell a band,who can get 90 thousand people all chanting one name livivng for that next guitar note and screaming like they where just born, to retire they should be respect for what they do! AC/DC dont retire the world has not finished rocking yet!!