Brian Johnson Says He Thought AC/DC Won’t Be Interested In Him Since He Was Too Old
AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson opened up about the story behind how he joined the band in a recent video on his official YouTube channel and revealed that he turned down the offer to audition initially due to the fact that he was old, 32, at the time and thought AC/DC wouldn’t be interested.
As many of you know, Brian Johnson started to work with AC/DC in 1980, following Bon Scott’s passing and recorded 13 albums with the band including his first one ‘Back in Black’ which was released in the same year Johnson joined AC/DC, and the most recent album, ‘PWR/UP’ which was released on 13 November 2020.
Despite the remaining members of the band briefly considered quitting after Bon Scott’s death, they came up with working with Brian Johnson as prior to his passing, Scott mentioned seeing Johnson performing and praised him, therefore, Brian was the first name that Malcolm and Angus Young came up with.
Recently, AC/DC frontman once again opened up about the story of how he joined AC/DC and revealed the fun yet weird story with his fans via a video on his official YouTube channel. Apparently, when Johnson got the call for the audition, he thought the band would not consider working with him since he’s much older than other members of the band.
Here is what Johnson said:
“How I got the job with AC/DC it’s probably the most asked question that is ever thrown at me and I keep telling it, but everybody keeps wanting to hear it again. It was a great moment in my life but as far as history is concerned, I don’t think so. But it was a strange day I was in Newcastle, I had a little company and it was this lady – the phone rang and I picked it up, and it was just a lady with a German accent.
She was going, ‘Is this Brian Johnson?’ And I said, ‘It is. Who is this?’ And she said, ‘I cannot say this, I cannot say. We must – we are wanting you to come to London and to sing with the band, audition. And I said, ‘Which band is this?’ ‘I cannot say also.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m not coming down to London.’
I said I’ve already been bitten by the music book with Geordie – three years with Geordie and I came away with not a penny in my pocket. I said, ‘I’m not gonna do it again. And she said, ‘But you must! This is this – you must come!’ And I kept thinking in my mind, I always remembered, ‘You got to remember – the bigger the German, the smaller the swimsuit.’
So I thought, ‘Something’s behind this…’ And I said, ‘Well, if you tell me who it is, I’ll consider it,’ you know, I mean, ‘I can’t afford just to go popping down to London.’ And she said, ‘The initials, I will tell you the initials.’ She says, ‘AC, und DC.’ And I said, ‘You mean AC/DC.’ She said, ‘Scheiße! I have said too much!’ This is true by the way, I’m not making this up. And I said, ‘What? No.’ I said they’re a great band and all that but I’m too old, I’m 32 – they’ll not be interested, it’ll be a waste of a trip.”
“An hour later – this is just strange, I know – a wonderful fella called André Jacquemin, who did all the ‘Monty Python’ music, he phoned me up. He said, ‘Listen, I’ve got a lovely studio now, called Redwood, and I’m doing adverts, mate. I’m doing one for Hoover. You know Hoover?’
I said, ‘Yeah, the vacuums.’ He said, ‘Do you fancy coming down to sing on his? It’s 350 quid.’ I said, ‘What? Are you kidding? Of course, I will, when do you need this?’ And he told us, three days and I said, ‘I can be there in three days’ time.’ I went down and I went into the studio and [sings the commercial]. 350 quid, I went, ‘I was hopping in the wrong business, bollocks the blues,’ I thought.
And then I went to an old pie shop, it was a place where the boys were called Vanilla Studios, and it wasn’t very fun. I went to this pie shop and I got a pie and a cup of tea because I was a little early. And the person who made this pie had worked as a welder for British railways because I could not get the crust off it. It was absolutely – it was rock hard and I was playing with it and the woman looked over and said, ‘Hey, what are you doing over there?’ And I just said, ‘Nothing,’ and I literally stood up walked out the door and across the street, basically into another life.”
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