By Rami Abou-Sabe
Brian Johnson returned to the stage last night for the first time in over a year. Johnson was forced to hang up his AC/DC microphone last March on doctor’s orders, citing severe hearing loss, but joined Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Paul “The Voice” Rodgers onstage in Oxford for a lively rendition of the Barrett Strong classic “Money (That’s What I Want).”
The three frontmen shared vocal duties, with Plant providing harmonica accompianment and Johnson on the tambourine. Johnson, who was replaced by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose following his AC/DC departure, showed no sign of the hearing loss that forced him to leave the band.
At the time of his departure, Johnson issued a statement discussing his desire to return to the stage. “My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that,” Johnson said. “For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell.”