Sunday, August 27, 2017

VIDEO: Brian Johnson performs AC/DC classic with Muse at Reading Festival

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson performed the band’s 1980 classic, “Back In Black”, with Muse at the UK's Reading Festival on August 27 and video from the event has surfaced online.

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy welcomed Johnson to the stage, saying, “he’s back!”, before the band delivered the iconic track as the first encore tune of their closing night headline set.

“That means a lot to me, thank you so much, thank you boys!”, said Johnson as he gave a big, bear hug to the singer.

“Muse promised us special guests and boy did they deliver!,” tweeted host broadcast BBC following the show, which also saw headline performances by Kasabian and Eminem, with all acts also appearing at the companion Leeds Festival over the weekend.

The Reading appearance marked the second surprise live performance by Johnson this year, following a guest spot alongside Robert Plant at a Paul Rodgers show in Oxford, UK in May.

Johnson made headlines last year when he left AC/DC’s “Rock Or Bust” tour on the advice of doctors due to hearing loss issues.

Axl Rose stepped in to assist the Australian rockers for a 14-date spring run across Europe and a ten-show US tour last fall.

Johnson – who revealed that the initial source of his hearing loss began approximately nine years ago while racing at the Watkins Glen International – has been working with the inventor of in-ear monitors, Asius Technologies founder Stephen Ambrose, to find a technical solution that would allow the singer to return to live performances one day.

In the meantime, AC/DC’s future with lone original member Angus Young at the helm remains unknown, as does Johnson or Rose’s possible involvement moving forward.

See also:

VIDEO: Guns N’ Roses perform AC/DC classics with Angus Young in the Netherlands
VIDEO: Angus Young joins Guns N’ Roses for AC/DC classics in Germany
VIDEO: Robert Plant and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson jam with Paul Rodgers
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson to launch TV rock interview series
Search AC/DC at hennemusic