AC/DC's Brian Johnson says he's retiring

Looks like Brian Johnson is 'carrying' on just fine
Looks like Brian Johnson is 'carrying' on just fine (Image credit: MIGUEL TONA/epa/Corbis)

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson wants to retire - this, despite the fact that the band have just kicked off a 27-date, sold-out US tour of stadiums and arenas.

Not to mention the remaining Black Ice dates the band have booked well into 2010.

In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, Johnson revealed, "We were talking about the end of the tour and I said, 'We're finishing in May - and that's me done!'

"But [rhythm guitarist] Malcolm [Young] said, 'What are you talkin' about? We're not gonna let you retire!'"

Almost four decades of rocking

"I don't want for people to see me on stage and say, 'Oh, poor old fucker, the band's carrying him!'" AC/DC's Brian Johnson on his desire to retire soon

Needless to say, AC/DC know how important it is to hold onto a vocalist, especially one who's proven himself over 30 years. (2010 will mark the start of Johnson's fourth decade in the band, having assumed frontman duties after original singer Bon Scott died in February 1980.)

Although Johnson attempted to tender his resignation, his bandmates pursuaded him to put off shuffleboard and bingo - for now. As it currently stands, the singer will stick with AC/DC until they fulfill festival obligations, which could last into 2011.

The 61-year-old Johnson admits he's no spring chicken, but he does his level best to stay road-tough: "I try to keep myself fit, and I love it being in this band...but the other lads are in their early fifties. I'm the old dog in the regiment. I don't want for people to see me on stage and say, 'Oh, poor old fucker, the band's carrying him!'"

Here's AC/DC two nights ago performing their opening number Thunderstruck before 46,000 fans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. We ask you, does it look like the band is carrying him?

Our answer: not hardly!

(Source: Daily Swarm)

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.