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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 03: Brian Johnson of AC/DC performs on stage during a media call ahead of their 'Rock or Bust' world tour at ANZ Stadium on November 3, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Exiled AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson made a surprise return to the stage over the weekend, joining Muse on Sunday (August 27) at the Reading Festival in England for a rendition of “Back In Black.” 

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy introduced Johnson with a simple, “He’s back!” As the Reading crowd went bonkers, according to all reports.

Johnson was forced to quit AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust World Tour during March of 2016 when doctors determined he faced the risk of permanent hearing loss; Johnson was replaced by Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose for AC/DC tours of Europe and North America, while Johnson has been consulting with hearing specialists about an in-ear device that would allow him to return to active duty.

Back in May Johnson joined Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers on stage in Oxford, England, for a version of Barrett Strong‘s Motown hit “Money (That’s What I Want).”

AC/DC leader Angus Young has not yet revealed the band’s future plans and intentions, which also include replacing bassist Cliff Williams, who announced his retirement after the tour.


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