Fox411: How on earth do you have a voice after all these years?
Johnson: “I don’t know. People ask me how I prepare for a show which I don’t at all. I just go into the bathroom, make a big loud noise and then come back into the boys and say, ‘Well that’s me ready.’ I try to give as much passion up there and as long as I can keep in tune for the band I’m happy. It’s just a very singular band with very singular members.”
Fox411: And how do you have any hearing left after standing under those canons during ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You?’
Johnson: “I could write another book about standing under the canons for 40 years. These horrible sparks come out of them. At the end of the show I have burn marks all over my shoulders.”
Fox411: Have there ever been any mishaps with the giant bell?
Johnson: “A couple of times it’s been raining and I’ve had to run to get up to the rope and there’s been a couple of dodgy times when I’ve slipped just before I’ve launched myself, other than that I’ve been fine.”
Fox411: Any band that has opened for you that you knew was destined for big things?
Johnson: “I think DEF LEPPARD. That was right at the start when I just joined them on my first American tour. They were just young lads but boy oh boy, were they good. You could tell there was something special about them.”
Fox411: When’s the next AC/C tour?
Johnson: “We’re going to London in about three weeks; we’re just going to have a sit down like we usually do. I wouldn’t like to do another like the last one. The last one was two years. It broke your body in half. The thing with our band is we never want to go on stage and have people looking at us and saying, ‘Oh you should have seen them ten years ago.’ So we’re going to take it as it come and see what happens. I doubt we’ll be doing a big one. If we could do some festivals, I wouldn’t mind that all. That would be lovely.”
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