Joe Perry Says Brian Johnson Had Big Shoes To Fill In When He First Joined AC/DC

Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry opened up about his opinions on AC/DC’s 1978 album ‘Powerage’ during a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine. In addition to praising the late lead singer Bon Scott and the underrated record, the guitarist said Brian Johnson took a great risk when he first joined the band following Scott’s passing.

As many of you know, when Malcolm and Angus Young formed AC/DC in November 1973, their lead vocalist was Dave Evans, who appeared in the band’s debut single. When the brothers agreed that Evans was not a suitable frontman for the band, they hired the legendary frontman Bon Scott in September 1974.

The singer did wonders with AC/DC until his tragic passing on February 19, 1980, at the young age of 33. The cause of his death was acute alcohol poisoning after the musician fell asleep in his car following a heavy drinking night. After the singer’s tragic passing, the band members briefly considered quitting.

Fortunately for their fans, AC/DC eventually started looking for a lead singer, and that’s when they found Brian Johnson, who Scott had previously praised. Since then, Johnson has been continuously working with the band except for the time when he departed in the middle of their 2016 Rock or Bust Tour due to hearing loss.

Since he’s an AC/DC fan, Joe Perry recently shared his views on one of his favorite band records during an interview. Apparently, Perry loves all their early records with Bon Scott, but particularly enjoys the 1978 album, ‘Powerage.’ In addition to praising the band and album, Perry expressed his admiration for the late singer.

Besides mentioning his appreciation for the late AC/DC frontman, the Aerosmith singer revealed that he sees them whenever he has the chance since they are still an ‘amazing band.’ One of the reasons why they are still great is that Brian Johnson had big shoes to fill in, but he never disappointed the band’s fans.

During the interview, Perry said:

“I’ll still go to see AC/DC when I can, and they’re still a great band. Brian Johnson had such big shoes to fill when he came into the band, but he’s done an amazing job, and they still kill it. But when I listen to ‘Powerage,’ I hear that amazing band who played 30 or 40 shows with us at the time and tore it up every single night.”

Joe Perry made an important point by reminding AC/DC fans that Brian Johnson made a bold move by replacing Bon Scott all those years ago since he meant so much to their fans. If he weren’t such a great vocalist, Johnson could have bombarded both his own and AC/DC’s music career.