Brian Johnson joins AC/DC


Bon Scott died in 1980, he was the lead singer of the Australian band AC/DC.

The band that remained briefly considered quitting but they believed that Scott would have wanted them to continue and the band to have success.

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In a twist of fate Scott had actually first mentioned Brian Johnson’s name.

AC/DC guitarist and co-founder Angus Young later recalled, “I remember the first time I had ever heard Brian’s (Johnson) name was from Bon. Bon had mentioned that he had been in England once touring with a band and he had mentioned that Brian had been in a band called Geordie and Bon had said ‘Brian Johnson, he was a great rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard.’ And that was Bon’s big idol, Little Richard. I think when he saw Brian at that time, to Bon it was ‘Well he’s a guy that knows what rock and roll is all about.’ He mentioned that to us in Australia. I suppose when we decided to continue, Brian was the first name that Malcolm and myself came up with, so we said we should see if we can find him.”

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The band invited Johnson to audition in London and within days he joined.

The first album he released with the band was “Back in Black” and the rest as they say is history.