Sidelined AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, whose hearing problems forced him to leave the band’s Rock Or Bust tour earlier this spring, has issued a statement following his meeting with Stephen Ambrose, an audio specialist who has worked for years to develop and improve in-ear technology for touring musicians.
Speaking about Ambrose’s new ADEL in-ear technology, Johnson said, “It works. It just totally works and you can’t argue with that. I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven’t heard for several years now. I can’t wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, (and) performing live music onstage.”
Ambrose reached out to Johnson after the singer’s doctors warned him to come off the road or face total hearing loss.
Although he invented the wireless in-ear monitor that became popular nearly 40 years ago, Ambrose later discovered that his creation could cause permanent hearing damage. So he has now developed an improved monitor that acts like a “second eardrum” and “absorbs only the harmful sound pressures.”
AC/DC recruited Axl Rose to handle vocals on its current European tour and a string of upcoming North American dates rescheduled from the spring, while leaving Johnson’s future with the group ambiguous.
Johnson seemed resigned to the possibility of never performing again in an interview he last month, saying, “I had so many good times with the boys. And I’ve had such a lucky and great life. And I’m just thankful really that I came out of it in one piece.”