Hearing Technology Company Says They Could Have Brian Johnson Back Onstage with AC/DC in Six Months
One such fan was Stephen Ambrose, founder of Asius Technologies and inventor of the in-ear monitor, who told Johnson that he wanted to see the singer onstage with AC/DC again, and offered his new ADEL hearing aid as the way to get him back up there.
Johnson met with Ambrose, and was impressed with how well Asius’ technology worked. Now, Ambrose has told Team Rock that Johnson will meet with him again — and that they could have him back onstage within six months to a year.
Ambrose told Team Rock the following:
“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 endeavour 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.
“We need to know he can test it without further damaging his hearing. And I expect those tests will go very successfully.
“Brian has been off racing his cars in Europe since we last met up, but we’ve been in regular contact via email. He is due back in the US soon and we will be able to start the tests.
“Brian has been speaking to people like racing driver Stirling Moss and Sting, among other people. They are all just waiting to hear about Brian’s experience with the next version of the prototype.”
Asius will begin a crowdfunding drive to fund the technology and Johnson’s recovery. Details will be shared later this month.
I said this before regarding Johnson’s recovery, and I’ll say it again: the real question here is whether or not AC/DC would go for it. In a perfect world where no one’s an asshole, current AC/DC singer and self-fat shamer Axl Rose would hear that Johnson has recovered, politely step down from the band, and AC/DC would make their triumphant return to the stage. But given how often good things in music are scuttled by politics and money, I just don’t know if that would go down so smoothly.
We’ll have to wait and see how the crowdfunding campaign does, and how the remaining original members (member?) of AC/DC react. But hopefully, this means that Johnson will return to his proper place in this world — front and center, singing “Thunderstruck.”