Brian Johnson, best known as the lead singer of AC/DC, opened up about his hearing problems during an interview with the Rolling Stone and revealed how serious the situation was.

As you might remember, during the Rock or Bust World Tour, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson was forced to leave the band and touring due to a warning by his doctors. Brian was recommended to stop touring immediately otherwise he would be risking total hearing loss. After Johnson’s departure, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose completed the remaining shows.

Johnson stated that his hearing issues were not from performing for 36 years with AC/DC, but from having forgotten to put earplugs in left him with a punctured his left eardrum.

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Brian Johnson opened up about his health status and discussed how he overcame his hearing issues. Johnson stressed that his hearing loss was a serious matter and also shared his feelings about becoming partially deaf.

Here is what Brian Johnson said during the interview:

“It was pretty serious. I couldn’t hear the tone of the guitars at all. It was a horrible kind of deafness. I was literally getting by on muscle memory and mouth shapes.

I was starting to really feel bad about the performances in front of the boys, in front of the audience. It was crippling. There’s nothing worse than standing there and not being sure.”

He continued:

“The docs said, ‘Deaf is deaf, son.’ Cliff and Angus didn’t want to be responsible for me damaging my ears any further… Shit happens. At least it wasn’t terminal.”

Brian Johnson opened up about his feelings and recalled the days he realized his hearing loss was a great deal. Johnson stated that the incident was like being shot at a battlefield and he buried his head in alcohol.

Here is what Johnson said:

“It’s like being shot on the battlefield; it’s just your turn. I’ll be quite honest with you, I went to my office and buried my head in a bottle of whiskey, good whiskey.

I didn’t feel too good myself about the whole thing. But that was then. With all bands and things, there are little bumps in the road.”

You can reach the source of the statement here.