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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Today

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Brian Johnson, AC/DC lead singer, has been gracing us with his distinctive voice and Geordie accent for almost forty years! As the third lead singer of the iconic band, Brian has made a name for himself in the rock genre. Here is what the now 74-year-old Brian Johnson of AC/DC is up to today!

Brian Johnson, AC/DC's third lead singer, was born October 5, 1957 in Dunston, England and began performing at an early age. Starring in TV plays for the Scouts and singing in his church choir, it didn't take long for Brian to join a band.

The first band Brian sang for was called Gobi Desert Canoe Club, followed by the band Fresh, and playing in a cabaret band called the Jasper Hart Band. He eventually started his own band called Geordie, and Brian even released his first solo single, "I Can't Forget You Now"! 

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Brian Johnson, Angus Young, and Malcolm Young perform on stage in 1984

Brian Johnson would join AC/DC in 1980 following the death of legendary singer Bon Scott. Brian was the perfect choice to take over the lead singer role. Scottish brothers Angus and Malcolm Young knew Bon Scott would approve after all the praise he'd had for Brian as Scott had once said that Brian reminded him of his rock idol, Little Richard. 

Just as devastated by Bon's passing, Brian Johnson didn't take long to acclimate into the group, and AC/DC's first album with Brian was released shortly after, Back in Black. A worldwide success the album would go on to become the second best-selling album ever! 

Brian Johnson Today

Brian Johnson performs on stage in Spain 2015

Now over forty years later, 74-year-old Brian Johnson is well-known as one of the hit band's most iconic figures. With popular catchy songs including, "You Shook Me All Night Long", and hit albums like:

  • Fly On the Wall (1985)
  • Who Made Who (1986)
  • The Razors Edge (1990)
  • Black Ice (2008)
  • and Rock or Bust (2014)

AC/DC will be remembered for years to come! Unfortunately, Brian Johnson had to call it quits from the band in 2016 after he began having hearing troubles. However, in an exciting turn of events, in 2019 Brian announced he was back!

Just last year the band posted a picture with their new lineup including Angus, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Stevie Young, and Brian! We are excited about what's to come!