Friday, July 4, 2014

AC/DC singer to receive honorary degree from UK university

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in northeastern UK on July 9.

Chronicle Live reports Johnson will be on hand for the graduation event, joining figures such as iPhone designer Sir Jonathan Ive, Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall and cricketer Paul Collingwood.

The rocker was born and grew up in nearby Gateshead.

The honorary degrees will be handed out as almost 6,000 students graduate from Northumbria University in 14 academic congregation ceremonies, spread across five days.

The graduation ceremonies are held in the university’s 3,000-capacity Sport Central arena. Almost 25,000 parents, partners and guests will visit Newcastle to attend the ceremonies.

Johnson and AC/DC are working at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio with producer Brendan O’Brien (Aerosmith, Pearl Jam). O'Brien teamed up with the Aussie rockers to produce their 2008 album, “Black Ice”, at the same location.

The band have been recording new music without founding member Malcolm Young while he deals with some health issues.

Malcolm’s nephew, Stevie, is on hand and presumed to be filling in on rhythm guitar in his uncle’s absence.

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