AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Shares His ‘Biggest Shock’ About Mick Jagger And The Rolling Stones
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson spoke to Ricky Wilson and recalled their unforgettable gigs with the Rolling Stones more than a decade ago. The famous musician unveiled that the band’s frontman Mick Jagger shocked him while listening to his vocal performance.
The Rolling Stones released their double compilation album entitled ‘Forty Licks,’ which celebrated their 40 years in the industry, on September 30, 2002. Following the record, the band hit the road for their Licks Tour, which began on August 16, 2002, in Toronto and ended on November 9, 2003, in Hong Kong. The band members had to cancel some of their tour dates in East Asia because of the SARS outbreak of 2002–2003, which also affected Canada.
Thus, the band was a part of the benefit concert, Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto, which took place on July 30, 2003, in Toronto, Ontario, along with Justin Timberlake, The Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC, and many more. During a recent interview, Johnson remembered their gig with the Rolling Stones and shared his feelings about Mick Jagger’s unique singing style, which influenced many musicians for years.
Johnson stated that watching the Rolling Stones’ show, especially the frontman’s performance at the SARS benefit concert, made him shiver and shock. The AC/DC singer reminded the host that his bandmate Angus Young said the most incredible things about their backstage were Keith Richards and Jagger’s personalities and energies. He added that their double act and harmony on the stage were exceptional and extraordinary for him.
In Johnson’s words, he said:
“The biggest shock I got, and it was silly. We did two gigs with the Rolling Stones. The first one was a SARS benefit concert in Canada when it was all finished. Then, I watched them from the stage, and it was him. Honestly, I know it’s silly, but it’s just I got a shiver when he started. Backstage, later on, talking to him…
Angus once said, ‘The great thing about the Rolling Stones backstage was that Keith and Mick were exactly like you’d thought they would be.’ Truly unique. Pairing them together, and double act that I have never seen.”
You can check out the interview below.