Sidelined AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has received some good news about his hearing and performing future.
Shortly after Johnson had to leave the band in March after doctors determined he was facing total hearing loss, Colorado-based Asius Technologies reached out to help develop an in-ear device that would allow him to perform again. Now Asius' Stephen Ambrose tells Britain's TeamRock that the company is ready to test a prototype that he expects to be successful.
"I wouldn't be surprised if we have something that Brian, and other people, can use to return to the stage without any threat of damage to his hearing within the next six to 12 months," Ambrose says. "I expect to get the green light from Brian's doctors to test the prototype with him. We need to know he can test it without further damaging his hearing. And I expect those tests will go very successfully."
AC/DC toured with Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose filling in for Johnson in Europe and the U.S., and guitarist Angus Young has remained non-committal about AC/DC's future plans.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.