Brian was featured on Top Gear’s reasonably priced car and came in 1st place with a lap time of ‘145.1’
What a day of days at Brands Hatch Mini Festival with a huge crowd , which saw the best mini drivers in Europe, champions and ex champions… Brian started at 17th on the grid and crosses the line 7th, the crowds were going wild. Brian’s race followed by TV interviews & race magazines from across Europe fighting for interviews, Brian’s crew with jaws dropping in disbelief, ‘all schoolboy dreams come true’.
Though it may be a while before we hear the next AC/DC album, frontman Brian Johnson has reportedly found another outlet for his voice. UltimateClassicRock.com reports that Johnson will be a guest contributor to ‘The Last Ship,’ a soundtrack primarily featuring Sting for a Broadway production of the same name.
It is not known if Johnson’s association will be for one song or more, but a publicist confirmed the cameo. Earlier this year, AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams stated that brothers Angus and Malcolm Young had been working on new material for AC/DC, but suggested that it might be a while before the rest of the band was called in to join them. With the time off continuing, Johnson’s cameo comes with no major schedule conflicts.
As for ‘The Last Ship,’ Sting has been working on a soundtrack for the production, which would mark his first full album of original music since 2003’s ‘Sacred Love’ album. The play, set in a shipyard in England near where Sting was born, is expected to arrive on Broadway in 2014. According to the New York Times, Sting has been working on the music for the production for nearly three years, with the tracks specifically tailored to help move along the plot.
Look for Sting’s ‘The Last Ship,’ featuring several songs used in the musical and a few merely inspired by the production, to arrive in stores Sept. 24.
Brian at Santa Pod Raceway on Saturday 9th June
Next on: Wed 05 Jun 2013 at 1pm , Sky Arts 1 HD
The rock legend Brian Johnson is profiled in this documentary special by former MP and heavy metal rock fan Louise Mensch.
As well documented, Johnson stepped into the shoes of original front man Bon Scott after his untimely death in 1980.
Since then he took the band to even greater heights with hit albums Back in Black and For Those About to Rock We Salute You.
Now living the life of luxury, Louise meets one of her girlhood idols uncovering the man behind the metal and finding out what makes him tick.
She’ll also be discovering exactly what is is about this seemingly immortal genre of music that is so special.
Original source: Sky Arts 1 HD
Brian Johnson: Lots of bands rock … but not many roll too
Interview by: LOUISE MENSCH (The Sun)
BRIAN JOHNSON is at Brands Hatch in the pouring rain, stuck inside his temporary caravan.
His wife Brenda is cooking up a gourmet dinner for his racing crew, but it’s far from the luxurious surroundings you’d expect to find a rock icon.
Brian has three great romances in his life — his wife, his music, as the legendary frontman of rock behemoths AC/DC, and cars.
Joining an already famous band at the age of 32 after the death of Bon Scott — their first frontman — Brian’s deep, rich voice and perfectly pitched lyrics made Back In Black the second biggest-selling album of all time.
Fame, adoration and wealth followed. AC/DC’s last tour alone grossed £290million. So has it changed him? Has it hell.
He says: “We don’t care about image. It’s pure. They all sneered at the time. The New Romantics — that was serious, all white suits and powdered hair. We ignored that. It was T-shirts and jeans.
“Before that it was punk. We were still in T-shirts and jeans.”
Critics ignored Back In Black. AC/DC weren’t fashionable. So how did they sell so many copies?
Brian says: “We trusted the fans. We just worked. It was stardom maybe, but an honest stardom. Newcastle, Glasgow, we played them all.”
Rock is very masculine, I suggest, very sexual. And it’s rebellious — black leather and studs and two fingers to the Establishment, especially the critics and the record companies.
He says: “It’s true. We never gave a second thought to what anyone else wanted.”
My first metal gig was on my 18th birthday, and I was in the front row. The guitarist bent down and kissed me full on the mouth — one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had.
I got into metal late, Def Leppard first, then Metallica. Man’s music, uncompromising, heavy, with black-clad, long-haired rebels — a million miles from my comfortable Surrey school. I fell in love. I didn’t want to be a lawyer, I wanted to be in rock music, go to gigs, fight to the front row, go on tour.
I toured with Guns N’ Roses for my record company job, the only woman in a tour bus full of roadies — when you can handle that you can handle anything.
AC/DC were one of the last bands I saw as a pure fan, paying for my ticket and watching from the front. They inspired me to make my rock dreams come true.
They stayed true to their sound, outlasting punk, Duran Duran, Rick Astley, Mötley Crüe and Oasis. As the hair-metal bands of the Eighties peeled away, AC/DC were still behemoths. Why?
Brian acknowledges the sexiness of his vocals, the bump and grind of AC/DC’s down-and-dirty songs, and the beats drummer Phil Rudd leaves OUT.
He says: “A lot of bands know how to rock. Not many know how to roll.”
As a young rock fan I watched AC/DC headline Donington. I loved them so much I queued to bump and grind in their Thunderstruck video, shot in Brixton, south-west London.
I freaked out so much that the director stopped the filming, pointed at me and said: “All of you lot need to bang it like HER.”
More than 20 years later I’m talking to Brian and that sexiness and power is still there.
Does it please him that all the anti-metal critics and bands have come and gone and he’s still outselling the youngsters?
He admits: “More a quiet satisfaction. That you can stay true to what you love. That was our philosophy, we believed we got it right in the first place.”