Source Close to AC/DC Confirms Singer Brian Johnson was Fired

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A source close to AC/DC has confirmed comedian Jim Breuer’s recent allegation (later retracted) that the band have parted ways (kicked to the curb) with long time singer Brian Johnson under dubious circumstances.

“Everything Mr. Breuer originally said is basically the truth, in a roundabout way,” said the source.

The informant, speaking out only under the condition of anonymity, says it’s his loyalty to Brian Johnson as to why he’s risking his job by speaking out. “Jonna’s [Brian] a fab guy and has been treated like shit. He does have hearing issues but not as serious as they’re saying. This was just an excuse to fire the guy, basically.”

The insider denied claims that Krokus singer Marc Storace was contacted by the band’s record label to possibly replace Johnson. “No, Marc was never considered for the gig or contacted by management.” The band is reportedly holed up in a secret location, auditioning singers to finish the remaining U.S. tour dates and beyond.

The source said lead guitarist (and sole remaining original member) Angus Young has narrowed the search down to two or three guys, all relative unknowns outside of their respective countries, putting to rest rumors of a possible mashup of classic rock royalty. “They’re not well known names. The band never considered any big name vocalists to replace Brian. I think they wanted to find a fresh new talent.”

“The plan is to decide on the singer within the next couple of weeks, maybe sooner, reschedule the tour and get back out on the road as if nothing’s happened.” Asked if the band plans on retiring after the tour, the informant is confident the band will carry on. “No, no, part of this audition process has been working on new song ideas. I think Angus wants to get back in the studio after a much shorter break this time. It’s no longer a band anymore but a brand, similar to KISS I suppose, which is a bit nauseating honestly.”

While casual fans will be happy to learn the band has no plans on slowing down, die-hard AC/DC fans are saying they would rather see the group go out on a high note, rather than tarnish their legacy by employing a karaoke singer. “It’s been hard enough losing Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd,” says AC/DC fanatic Steve Wilkinson, “now to see Brian go, well, how can you even call yourself AC/DC anymore? I don’t want to see them playing county fairs like Lynyrd Skynyrd, that would be pathetic.”

Johnson replaced original AC/DC frontman Bon Scott back in 1980, and later that year released one of the biggest selling albums of all-time, Back in Black. AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young and have sold over 200 million albums worldwide.

57 Comments on Source Close to AC/DC Confirms Singer Brian Johnson was Fired

  1. I heard that they are bringing back Bon Scott. Here is video proof.

    • that CAN NOT happen it is IMPOSIBLE bon has been DEAD since 1980 you can not bring somebody back if they are dead

  2. terry bruce // March 18, 2016 at 4:21 am // Reply

    brian was the back bone of the group. bad mistake.

  3. Any news on their Uk dates?

  4. Carl Foxall // March 18, 2016 at 5:59 am // Reply

    Whoever wrote this article needs 2 do a bit more research considerin that Dave Evans was the original lead singer not Bon Scott

    • What album was Dave Evans vocals used on? Exactly.

      • Mr. Breeze // March 18, 2016 at 9:23 am // Reply

        Can I Sit Next To You Girl single. Rare, but released. Dave was the original singer.

        • Darren Wainwright // March 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm // Reply

          Yeah, I know about the single…SINGLE. And there’s a reason there wasn’t more. Consider it an experiment gone wrong, but not him as a lead singer for the band. Easy to get your collection complete, I suppose, being it’s just a 45. I wonder what the B-side was…perhaps that was the B-side. I suppose, if you wanted to argue it, which you do, he was the first singer they had, but no one considers him their original lead singer in reality. Most fans don’t even know about him, but, thanks to you, some are educated a little more. Rock on, my friend!

          • also a song called rockin in the parlour

          • They canned that guy once they finally got a real singer and front man (if I were Bon I’d hope that anyone to see the backup singer spot in the Valentines Buttercup video) but what a singer that came into his own with AC/DC- who knows what he would have done if he didn’t die in his early 30’s. Then we were graced with the most powerful rocknroll voice to hit the planet in Brian Johnson. The vocals, cries and screams this guy laid down on those first 2 albums- no other singer in this world will ever come that close and thats no disrespect to Roger Daltry. I’m disappointed to hear Axl Rose is stepping in place not just because he sounds like he’s got a clothes pin on his nose but because I fucking hate the guys voice to begin with… they shoulda gave Marc Storace a second chance even if he turned the band down 36 years ago. Has anyone heard Krokus’s ’95 release ‘To rock or not to be’ this is a taste of what Bon would have sounded like during the Johnson era…

      • Exactly what I was wondering. Ha ha ha!
        If it’s not a full album it don’t count!
        Bon was vocalist on the debut High Voltage and 5 more albums after that, plus a live album. the original vocalist.
        Ultimately Dave Evans few months in the band were cut short in benefit of hiring Bon as vocalist.

  5. It’s time for them to call it a day, if they loose any more members they will be a tribute act.
    Jonna took them to new hieghts and personally I don’t think they would have survived if it had been any other singer that replaced Bon.
    Also how do they consider ac/dc an Aussie band? Angus and mal Scottish, jonna English, cliff English, Chris slade Welsh! Only Phil Rudd was Aussie but he came and went a few times.

  6. Dave Evans was only on the 1st (1974) AC/DC single “Can I Sit Next To You Girl” b/w “Rockin’ In The Parlour”

  7. David short // March 18, 2016 at 10:38 am // Reply

    If this is true that Brian Johnson has left the band then everybody who has bought tickets should be given the option of a full refund as this to me is no longer Ac/dc. Its like Queen without Freddie.

    • Carolyn Boyle // March 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm // Reply

      We are given the option of a full refund. Got mine– it’s not AC/DC anymore– I LOVE Angus but without the rest, it is just not the same!

      • I agree, I have followed ACDC since high school in the 80″! We all thought Bon’s stuff was awesome but, Brian Johnson is the voice of ACDC. I agree, love Angus but without Brian its time to hang it up. Their music is timeless and will live on forever!

  8. I think they should get their original singer back, Dave Evans said he would come back if asked.

    • Dave Evans can’t sing. There was a reason he was replaced the first time and it’s still the same reason he won’t be re-hired.

  9. I have bought tickets and would like to know where we stand!!

  10. brandi kelly // March 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm // Reply

    I think this is crap I can’t see Brian Johnson being kicked to the curb or fired I think this is another bs article like the last few have been and if it is true I want a refund on my tickets and even if I don’t get them I’ll try to sell them to some idiot who will buy them I love Brian Johnson I’m a big fan of the band but if this is true I’m done with ac/ dc I hope they end up …….with out Brian …

  11. Well, thats the end of AC/DC… too late in the game for a stupid change like this.

  12. Draco Ignis // March 18, 2016 at 12:55 pm // Reply

    bollocks.if Angus fired him, he was give no choice.Brian said the doctor told him to stop touring.Brian has his ear drum fucked up because “he forgot to put on earplugs”(his own words).After losing Mal and Phil, Angus was probably very pissed off to be forced to cancel tour by Brian.But he us Angus Young and you mothertruckers should at least read Mick Wall’s book.AC/DC IS A CLAN!

    • I agree Draco. All present and former members are a part of the clan. Angus lives off the performance highs and will never give it up. As for playing county fairs – it’ll never happen. When you go to a gig and see kids aged 10 with their 75 year old great-grandmothers you know they will survive until death. Have a drink on me.

  13. I will still be going to see them in London. I saw them in 1974, 77 and 2015. The band is AC/DC but the backbone is and always has been Angus and his riffs.

    I also think that Brian has been huge for the band even though I was disappointed that they released an album before Bon was cold.

    The Show Must Go On

  14. It’s all a bunch of bs speaking on condition of anonymity I don’t believe any of it why be a coward and hide

  15. SIGN AND SHARE: I have no expectations of it changing anything..but let Angus know how lame it is.

  16. Angus Young is a fucking DICK if this is even slightly true.

    He will never get another red cent out of me, and I saw and loved this most recent tour and album. I’m quite sure I’m not alone here.

  17. You can refund your tickets where you bought them. I was supposed to see them in Cleveland, but not no moren

  18. Mark Cammerer // March 19, 2016 at 1:11 am // Reply

    I love Brian but let’s be honest apart from 3 tracks on new album play ball , rock or bust and dogs of war AC/DC have lost that edge and maybe just maybe a new lead singer will egnite a spark In the band again after all AC/DC are the most successful rock ‘n ‘roll band of all time so let’s enjoy them for a few more years and a few more album’s , LET THERE BE ROCK !

    • Keep in mind, Angus and Malcom do the main writing, no matter who replaces Brian, if this is real, the songs will be the same with different vocals. With Malcom now ill, angus and Brian did most of this album, but using old files that have been saved over the last near 40 years.

    • You are talking complete nonsense.

  19. It wasn’t AC/DC after Bon Scott died, so what’s the difference who they get?

    • I agree, I saw their Highway To Hell tour in ’79 and Back In Black tour in ’81.. while Brian did a good job, there was no replacing Bon..

  20. Samantha Lynn // March 19, 2016 at 8:20 am // Reply

    Can’t be so cut and dry. You don’t go 30+ years with someone and fire then the last minute. If Brian has a hearing problem and cannot continue, then that’s not exactly firing the guy. Like for Phil Rudd. They held on to him as long as they could before they couldn’t anymore. And he tried to kill someone.

    AC/DC, as a band, are on their last legs, with Malcolm and Phil out of the game, and I can sense that Angus is panicking more than planning. They have to finish off this tour and he has a serious problem on his hands.

    I think, like Phil and Malcolm, Angus held on to Brian as long as he can before the shoe dropped. And now Angus has to do what he has to do. His hands are tied due to contractual obligations.

  21. Justin Laureano // March 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm // Reply

    I am going to say something that 50% of people are gonna like, and 50% of people are gonna hate. Brian Johnson is horrible at singing now, he can barely sing back in black anymore, and watching him sing given the dog a bone on this tour is torture. I don’t blame Angus for kicking him out, but the way he did it was horrible. I want to see them finish the tour, lets see if the new guy can do it. Everyone said the same thing about ending AC/DC after Bon died, and then back in black came out. At least give it a chance

  22. AC/DC is, and has always been, a guitar band. It used to be Malcolm’s and Angus’ band, now it is it Angus’. It is still the best rock band of all time. Brian Johnson is awesome and nice guy. So is Angus. I hope that they select a Bon Scott style lead singer, who can play bagpipes, and play it’s a long way to the top and other vintage AC/DC sounds. We miss you Malcolm!

  23. The 3rd last line states acdc were formed in Sydney? They were a Melbourne band! If someone cant get this simple fact right whose to say anything else is true?

  24. Move forward Angus and your AC/DC!
    A more versatile vocalist could possibly allow you and the current lineup to revisit the faster rockers and more musically emphasized songs as you did on Let There Be Rock, Powerage and Highway To Hell!
    Stevie and Chris Slade well may bring inspiration towards a fresh approach. After all Malcolm & you wrote every song, while Brian hasnt contributed lyrics in almost 30 years (since 1988)Please, hope it’s a vocalist instead of a screecher .
    Sorry I’m not signing petitions.

  25. Would be real interesting to see someone established like Marc Storace up there…Until the choice flops, like Gary did for Van Halen, guitar veterans just do not want to share the limelight (or more $$) if they don’t have to…Cases in point: Journey, Ritchie Blackmore, Queen, Skid Row.

  26. Bond James Bond // March 20, 2016 at 1:31 am // Reply

    It is very very hard to replace an AC/DC vocalist (or guitarist for that matter). First of all, the guy has to be talented and willing to work in a band where he has no input. Second, the guy has to be a fricking dwarf. AC/DC has struggled in the past replacing band members because 5′ 4″ rockers don’t grow on trees. Bon Scott was such a dwarf he couldn’t drive a care. The band was VERY lucky in finding another talented midget so quickly. Angus (and Malcolm) detested the idea of non-stunted normal sized dudes on stage with them as it makes the Young family, a family look like circus midgets. This band is toast. It was toast when dwarf Malcolm had to leave and now with dwarf Brian gone its freaking over.

  27. I am trying to understand the reasoning here, I just can not phantom all the speculations and rumors that are flying around here (if in fact they or any are true)I am shocked! being together for that length of time I personally would think that there would be some kind of loyalty and concern for his well being here…( I am very concerned) not all this BS on who is going to replace Brian… How is Brian doing? What’s wrong with him?? Is he going to be alright??? These are the questions I am not seeing or hearing… What am I missing hear?? Who cares about who was the first singer way back when… There will never be another Bon, I loved AC/DC then! but this is NOW!!! Brian is with them now and I still love AC/DC!! We are talking about 35+ years here! Seems to me that they are like Family… To hear that Brian was fired?? why? what did he do to deserve that? Family just don’t do that, There has to be allot more to this story then what is leaking out… I for one just don’t believe any of this until I hear it from AC/DC not from what he said she said BS!! allot of you people on hear call yourselves fans… Sure don’t sound like a true fan would be talking like this! A fan is like family also! I am concerned about a family member! not the next show! You so called fans should be ashamed of yourselves!

  28. brandi kelly // March 20, 2016 at 6:02 am // Reply

    I called a source close to ac/dc and they said they haven’t heard any of this talk about him being fired or the band being mean to him so ……

  29. Michael Wylie // March 21, 2016 at 12:07 am // Reply

    Don’t listen to media bullshit
    The true story will come out

  30. Mark Cammerer // March 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm // Reply

    I agree Brandi what is wrong with Brian why doesn’t someone from the band or Brian’s agent let us know instead everyone jumping on the band wagon after all he has been with AC/DC for 35 years surely he deserves some respect from fans and jounelists alike give the man a break he’s going through a tough time get well soon Brian Johnson

  31. They should get the Rhino Bucket singer

    • I know Georg Dolivo and seen Rhino Bucket many times over the years but Georg’s voice on a classic of theirs like ‘Beat to Death Like a Dog’ is a little bit different live and I personally don’t think he’d want to try and pull that off..

  32. Mark Cammerer // March 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    Good shout randy very AC/DC

  33. Osvaldo from Brazil // March 22, 2016 at 5:15 am // Reply

    x-sinner vocalist can replace…check in youtube

  34. Well the interviews I saw, said that after this tour they MIGHT do studio work but no more tours. Angus said he doesnt want to tour anymore without his brother. I truly doubt he was fired.

  35. Mark Cammerer // March 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm // Reply

    Dah don’t you think any new vocalist would have some input into any new material you dim wit after all look what Sammy Hagar did for van halen it was their best ever stuff in my opinion

  36. You can’t compare AC/DC to Skynyrd. Angus is the heart and soul of this band.(as Ronnie was to his) Stevies in the family, and no one blinked when he filled in for Uncle Mal before. Cliff is more of a member than Brian. OK, not “original” but nobody has ever clamored for Evans to return to bass duties. Drummers come and go, Slades been in the band before and is much more a powerhouse than Rudd ever was. Whoever they get it’ll be good. They won’t be Brian, remember Brian wasn’t Bon either. Different animal. I’m sorry you old farts, (and Im one too),I know you want to see the same faces you had on your posters as a kid. But it don’t work that way. AC/DC will continue and will be AC/DC until Angus last dying breath.

  37. No one will want to see them anyway without Brian. His voice can’t be replaced. They got lucky when they found him. Karma is a bitch Angus…

  38. Scott Bonn // April 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm // Reply

    I believe that I can sing just like Bonn Scott. Where do I go to audition for the job? I’m am ready to rock!!!!!!!!

  39. Mark Cammerer // April 23, 2016 at 7:58 am // Reply

    Cannot believe that axle fuckin rose is going to replace Brian Johnson as lead singer of AC/DC what a joke surely there are much better singers out there

  40. Jim vanvleet // June 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm // Reply

    Are ya’ll blind,No matter what they decide it will be well respected with all decentsee. There’s only one AcDc band in this world so let’s try and atleast respect what they have given us. That’s the least we can do. We’d all love to replace either one of Bon or Brian so let’s let them do what they do best and that’s giving there fans and you too the best band performances in the world. Rock on AcDc.

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