Brian Johnson Cried Over Not Being Allowed to See Malcolm Younger


AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was truly in the identical hospital as Malcolm Younger, however wasn’t allowed to go to his former bandmate.

Younger retired in 2014 on account of dementia and didn’t participate in AC/DC’s Rock or Bust world tour earlier than dying in 2017. Throughout the highway journey, Johnson started to undergo listening to failure – although he didn’t even inform the band on the time – and later underwent surgical procedure to deal with the situation.

He woke up in a hospital mattress in Sydney in October 2015, and was greeted by a “smiley-faced” nurse who “instructed me one thing that left me reeling: Malcolm was a resident of the care facility simply over the wall outdoors my window,” Johnson says in his upcoming memoir The Lives of Brian. “That was the place he was being handled for his early-onset dementia. I couldn’t consider it. Not solely was Malcolm simply 20 yards from me, however this nurse additionally did shifts over there – and one in every of his jobs was to take him out for his each day train.”

Johnson requested if he might see Younger. “The smiley-faced man stopped smiling and dropped his eyes. ‘Sorry, mate, I can’t do this. It’s the household’s needs.’ I instructed him I understood. Within the subsequent constructing was the person who I’d shared a stage with for 35 years, the person who’d employed me because the lead singer of AC/DC – the person who’d cared about me a lot, he as soon as visited my hometown to satisfy my dad and mom. He’d even taken my dad for a pint at his membership – I imply, who does that?”

Reflecting on the second, Johnson mentioned it was “a tricky factor, to shed tears in entrance of a stranger.” He later found that Younger’s spouse O’Linda had put the rule in place, after being instructed that it wasn’t clear how a lot reminiscence Younger nonetheless retained. “O’Linda knew how proud Malcolm was – all of us did,” Johnson writes, “and she or he feared that if I or anybody outdoors his speedy household went in to see him, he could be embarrassed about his situation.”

O’Linda Younger “didn’t need to take that danger, particularly given every thing else that he was going by means of. She was simply looking for her husband, like she at all times did. [Malcolm’s sibling and bandmate] Angus [Young] visited him, as did his grandchildren, who I’m instructed made him very glad. However it broke my coronary heart all the identical.”

The Lives of Brian is ready to reach on Oct. 25.

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