Malcom Young announces his retirement amid AC/DC breakup rumors

Malcom Young announces his retirement amid AC/DC breakup rumors

SYDNEY, April 16 (UPI) -- AC/DC founding member Malcom Young has announced his retirement amid breakup rumors, but frontman Brian Johnson insists the band will continue to make music.
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Thieves arrested after 911 'pocket dial'

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Police in Wisconsin said they arrested two men on retail theft charges after one of their phones accidentally called 911 while in its owner's pocket.

COL BB: Florida 8, Texas 4

OMAHA, June 19 (UPI) -- Preston Tucker's RBI double capped a five-run outburst in the middle innings Saturday that carried Florida to an 8-4 College World Series win over Texas.

Johnson's health postpones AC/DC shows

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The rock group AC/DC says it has postponed six of the band's U.S. tour dates because of the health of front man Brian Johnson.

COL FB: Utah 35, Utah State 17

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Terrance Cain threw two early touchdown passes Thursday and No. 18 Utah pulled away for a 35-17 victory over Utah State.

COL FB: Utah 31, Alabama 17

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Quarterback Brian Johnson ignited No. 7 Utah to an amazing start Friday and the unbeaten Utes shocked No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl 31-17.

COL FB: Utah 48, Brigham Young 24

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Brian Johnson completed 30-of-36 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns Saturday to lead seventh-ranked Utah to a 48-24 win over No. 14 BYU.

COL FB: Utah 63, San Diego State 14

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Brian Johnson was 27-of-38 passing for 283 yards and five touchdowns Saturday night, leading No. 7 Utah to a 63-14 rout of San Diego State.

COL FB: Utah 13, TCU 10

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Brian Johnson's 9-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 47 seconds left Thursday allowed unbeaten No. 9 Utah to salvage a 13-10 victory over No. 11 TCU.

COL FB: Utah 13, New Mexico 10

ALBUQUERQUE, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Brian Johnson's 10-yard touchdown pass to Brent Casteel in the third quarter Saturday night gave No. 9 Utah a 13-10 win over New Mexico.

COL FB: Utah 49, Colorado State 16

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Backup quarterback Corbin Louks rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to lead 13th-ranked Utah to a 49-16 victory over Colorado State.

COL FB: Utah 40, Wyoming 7

LARAMIE, Wyo., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The 13th-ranked Utah Utes scored on an interception and a blocked punt Saturday to overpower the Wyoming Cowboys 40-7.

COL FB: Utah 37, Weber State 21

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Brian Johnson passed for two touchdowns and Matt Asiata ran for two more Saturday to lead 17th-ranked Utah to a 37-21 win over Weber State.

COL FB: Utah 30, Air Force 23

COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Darrell Mack scored the game-winning touchdown with under a minute to play Saturday when 20th-ranked Utah posted a 30-23 victory over Air Force.
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Brian Johnson
TOR2003073016-TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, July 30 (UPI)-- Brian Johnson, lead singer of AC/DC, salutes the crowd of 500,000 for their support at the SARS-relief concert at Downsview Park in Toronto, Canada on July 30, 2003. Headliners the Rolling Stones take the stage later tonight. cc/cc/Christine Chew UPI

Brian Johnson (born 5 October 1947) is an English singer and lyricist who has been the lead singer for the rock band AC/DC since 1980. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 along with the other members of the band.

In 1972, Brian Johnson became one of the founding members of the glam rock band Geordie. After a few hit singles, including UK Top 10 "All Because of You" (1973), the band split up in 1978 then to be reformed by Johnson in 1980. But after signing a new record deal, Johnson was asked to audition for AC/DC, whose charismatic frontman, Bon Scott, had died on February 19, 1980. A fan in Chicago sent a tape of Johnson performing with Geordie to the band's manager Peter Mensch. Mensch recommended him to the band. AC/DC lead guitarist and co-founder Angus Young later recalled, "I remember Bon playing me Little Richard, and then telling me the story of when he saw Brian singing." He says about that night, "There's this guy up there screaming at the top of his lungs and then the next thing you know he hits the deck. He's on the floor, rolling around and screaming. I thought it was great, and then to top it off—you couldn't get a better encore—they came in and wheeled the guy off!'" Later that night, Johnson would be diagnosed with appendicitis, which was the cause of his writhing around on stage. The band agreed immediately that Johnson's performing style fitted AC/DC music. Johnson's first album with AC/DC, Back in Black, became the second best selling album of all time, and the best selling album by any band.

Brian Johnson was born in Dunston, Gateshead, England. He is of English and Italian descent and is the eldest of four siblings, including his brother Maurice and sister Julie. His brother Maurice works for AC/DC as the cook. Johnson's father, Alan, was a Sergeant Major of the British Army's Durham Light Infantry and a coal miner; he died during the Ball Breaker tour. His mother, Ester De Luca, was an Italian from Frascati. When he was young, Johnson performed in various shows with the Scouts, and appeared in a play which aired on television, and joined a local church choir.

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