Brian Johnson was broken up over his hearing diagnosis troubles. The former longtime AC/DC star, who departed the rock band in April 2016 has issued his statement as he explained unfortunately because of his battle with hearing loss, he wanted to give clarification surrounding the circumstances behind his reasons why he could not continue on with the Band’s current world Rock or Bust World tour in March 2016, realizing the risk that he could become completely death. Taking on his place will be Guns ‘N Roses front man Axl Rose for the ten Europe shows and some future dates.
“reveals the doctors’ verdict was “the darkest day of my life” in a new statement, in which he admits he had been aware his partial hearing loss was beginning to compromise the quality of his onstage performance because he couldn’t hear the guitars or other musicians.
“In all honesty this was something I could not in good conscience allow,” he writes in the statement to Rollingstone.com. “Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC…
“I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop… I tried as best as I could to continue despite the pain and hearing loss but it all became too much to bear and too much to risk.”
Doctors have made it clear to Brian that he will not be able to perform at arena or stadium venues or risk ruining his hearing for good, but he is “optimistic” that with medical treatment his hearing will improve and he can go back out on tour.
“I am personally crushed by this development more than anyone could ever imagine,” he explains. “The emotional experience I feel now is worse than anything I have ever in my life felt before… I cannot imagine going forward without being part of (AC/DC), but for now I have no choice. The one thing for certain is that I will always be with AC/DC at every show in spirit, if not in person.”
As he sent out his thanks to his band mates Angus Young and Cliff Williams, and fans, he lets them know this not a retirement, he is still working in the studio.
Other health issues Johnson endured, was in 2009 he was diagnosed with Barrett syndrome, and luckily doctors were able to successfully prevent the disease from developing into cancer.