AC/DC frontman talks retirement: ‘There’s a time when you have to call it quits’

Band released 17th album 'Rock Or Bust' in November 2014

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has spoken about the possibility of retirement.

The hard rock band released 17th album ‘Rock Or Bust’ in November 2014, reaching Number Three in both the UK and US charts, as well as topping the charts in their home land of Australia.

However, speaking recently to The Morning Sun, Johnson conceded that the album could be their last.


“Y’know, retirement is like anything. A good footballer, a good ice hockey player, they don’t want to retire, but unfortunately, sometimes there’s a time when you have to call it quits,” Johnson said. “So it’s an ongoing thing with us; we never say no, and we never say never.”

The singer continued, “The thing about the boys in AC/DC, you’ve got to remember, is we’re constantly surprised and amazed at how we keep the success going. We don’t know what we’re doing – I mean, we literally don’t know what we’re doing except what we’re doing is we just play 100 per cent every night and give it everything we’ve got. If that’s the secret of success, we’ll pass it on.”

“But we never expect the crowds. We never take anything for granted. How can you? Times change. You’ve just got to keep doing what you’re doing, basically, and just hope they come back for more.”


Meanwhile, exiled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd recently said that he only needs “five minutes” to convince his former bandmates to let him rejoin the group.

On July 9, Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and threats to kill. Rudd has not played live with AC/DC since his arrest. He was replaced on the band’s current world tour by Chris Slade.

Rudd suggested that he is no longer considered a part of the band by guitarist Angus Young. “Me and everyone else says that [am a member of the band], but that’s not what Angus says. I don’t want to upset Angus by saying the wrong thing. Me and Angus kicked serious ass and he knows if I was there, it would be better.”


Speaking to Rolling Stone, Rudd went on to add: “Just give me five minutes in a room with him and I’ll get my job back. I promise. I was doing hard personally and did some things I probably shouldn’t have done. We’ve all got our cross to bear.”