Brian Johnson with AC/DC in Feb. 2016 (Jason Squires/WireImage)On Sunday, longtime AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson gave his first performance since March of 2016, when hearing issues forced him to stop touring with his famous band. He joined Led Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant as guests at Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers‘ solo concert in Oxford, U.K.
According to RollingStone.com, the three legendary rock vocalists sang together on a rendition of Barrett Strong‘s classic 1959 Motown hit “Money (That’s What I Want).”
Fan-filmed video of the performance, which took place at Oxford New Theatre, shows Johnson, Plant and Rodgers trading off on verses of the rocking soul tune, then harmonizing together at the end of the song. Plant also lent his harmonica talents to the performance and threw in some lyrics from the 1962 Allen Toussaint-penned tune “Fortune Teller.”
AC/DC announced in March 2016 that it was postponing a series of shows because Johnson had been told by doctors that he had to quit touring immediately or risk losing his hearing permanently. The band eventually hired Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose to replace Brian, who had been with AC/DC since 1980.
Johnson revealed in June of last year that he was receiving treatment from an in-ear technology specialist named Stephen Ambrose who had helped his hearing improve. He noted that he was hopeful that the technology would allow him to perform live again.
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