Brian Johnson Makes Surprise Appearance to Sing AC/DC Classics
In Johnson's first onstage appearance of 2023, they performed Back in Black's title track as well as "You Shook Me All Night Long."
Johnson and Fender share a geographic kinship, as Classic Rock noted — they both hail from the "Geordie" area of England in the Tyneside region. "We cannot really do AC/DC songs without the one, the only Geordie legend, the singer of AC/DC, Brian Johnson!" Fender said before bringing the AC/DC icon out onstage.
See fan-captured footage below.
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The June 10 Sam Fender show was his second of two nights at Newcastle United's 50,000-capacity home stadium. Accompanying him and Johnson on the AC/DC songs was Fender's early guitar instructor, a musician named Phil Martin.
Brian Johnson With Sam Fender, "Back in Black" (AC/DC Live Cover)
Brian Johnson With Sam Fender, "You Shook Me All Night Long" (AC/DC Cover)
AC/DC Brian Johnson Statue
The Brian Johnson statue — the half-body sculpture appears like a cross between a bust and a full-size representation — was unveiled on April 16 after a local campaign spearheaded by the area broadcaster RTBF and several AC/DC fans in the region.
Namur is "a very special place for me," Johnson said in a video to those in the Belgian town.
Brian Johnson Speaks to Namur, Belgium
The AC/DC vocalist added of that June 1980 day, "It was the first night I sang with AC/DC and I was a very nervous boy. So, that memory will stay with me forever. And now that you've built this statue — honestly, I'm not worthy of it. I thank you."