by Alisha Jackson
Seven months ago, AC/DC was forced to reschedule their tour dates when Brian Johnson‘s doctors advised him to “stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.” That statement made it sound like Johnson’s career was over, but according to hearing technology experts Asius Technologies, Johnson could be back performing live “within six to 12 months.”
Asius’ Chief Scientist Stephen Ambrose told TeamRock, “I wouldn’t be surprised if we have something that Brian, and other people, can use to return to the stage without any threat of damage to his hearing within the next six to 12 months.”
“I will endeavor to kick up the development of the technology another 10 notches, at which point I expect to get the green light from Brian’s doctors to test the prototype with him,” Ambrose shared. “We need to know he can test it without further damaging his hearing. And I expect those tests will go very successfully,” he added.
Asius isn’t just helping Johnson; their relationship is symbiotic. “Having Brian Johnson involved has helped us get the support of a lot of major companies – support that wouldn’t have been there without him,” Ambrose said. “Brian was excited by the technology and he said it worked. He said he just couldn’t wait to test a ‘miniaturized’ version of the prototype – and now we’re almost ready to test that with him. [He] is not just doing this for himself but for everyone else who needs help. We aim to make our technology available at a price point that people can afford.”
If all goes well, it sounds like Axl could be passing the torch back to Brian before the band hits the stage again.