April 1st is a bitter sweet day in AC/DC history and it has nothing to do with April Fools. It’s the day the band officially announced Brian Johnson as their new singer to replace Bon Scott after his tragic passing.
Brian may have been somehow destined for the AC/DC gig by Bon Scott himself. Before joining AC/DC, Bon was with his Aussie group, “Fang” doing a “Hail Mary” tour in the UK. This was a last chance for this struggling outfit and they opened for a moderately successful glam-rock group called “Geordie.” The singer was none other than Brian Johnson. Brian was actually sick during their set with a stomach ailment that had him drop to his side in pain during a couple numbers. Bon thought it was part of the performance and mentioned it to Angus Young and Malcolm Young some time later. That mention got Brian on the audition list when AC/DC has decided to carry on and look for a replacement for Bon. The rest we now know is history. AC/DC “Back in Black” was released later than year in July and the band was on their mega-stadium headliner trajectory that continues to this day.
Pictured in our blog is Angus Young atop Brian’s shoulders from circa 1980 in our AC/DC Rock Iconz Limited Edition Statue design. Urban legend is that Bon was inspired to do this during the AC/DC shows because of seeing Brian pull this off in the Geordie live show. Brian would have to weigh in on what’s the real story there. The statue is in full production and tracking toward a Fall 2021 ship date.
Pre-Order AC/DC Angus and Brian Limited Edition Statue here: https://knucklebonz.com/product/ac-dc-angus-and-brian-rock-iconz-statue/
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