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    AC~DC postpones US tour as Brian Johnson risks deafness

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      AC~DC postpones US tour as Brian Johnson risks deafness

      AC/DC postpones US tour as Brian Johnson risks deafness - BBC News
      Australian rock band AC/DC are postponing the rest of their US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned he is going deaf.

      The band posted a statement on their website saying doctors had advised Johnson to stop touring immediately or "risk total hearing loss".

      They said they would likely perform with a guest vocalist in rescheduled shows later this year.

      Johnson, 68, from Gateshead, has been lead singer with AC/DC since 1980.

      The news is the latest in a series of setbacks for the band.

      Former drummer Phil Rudd was convicted last year of drug possession and making threats to kill. He served eight months of home detention.

      In 2014, it emerged that founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young would not be joining the band on tours as he was suffering from dementia.

      The band released its latest album Rock or Bust in November that year and has been touring ever since to promote it.

      How loud is too loud?

      Loudness of a sound is measured in decibels (dB). Exposure to noise at or above 85 dB can damage hearing. Loud music at clubs, gigs and festivals, and through personal music players, can cause damage to your hearing. The risk of damage is determined by how loud the music is, how long you are exposed to it.

      Average decibel levels:

      60 dB - ordinary spoken conversation
      70 dB - city street
      100 dB - pneumatic drill
      100 dB - maximum volume on some MP3 players
      110 dB - night club
      115 dB - rock concert
      120 dB - aeroplane taking off

      Source: Action on Hearing Loss

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      Re: AC~DC postpones US tour as Brian Johnson risks deafness

      Probably time for AC/DC to pull the plug!

      I remember in the mid 70s often reading my copy of Guinness Book Of Records quoting Deep Purple as the loudest band during a concert in London.
      Im sure it went to say many at that concert ended up unconscious.

      One of the autobiographies of Led Zeppelin has a piece that fans used to climb into the speaker cabinets during concerts when Whole Lotta Love played.

      But the loudest band is still

      Disaster Area was a plutonium rock band from the Gagrakacka Mind Zones and was generally regarded as not only the loudest rock band in the Galaxy, but also as being the loudest noise of any kind at all. Regular concert goers judged that the best sound balance was usually to be heard from within large concrete bunkers some thirty-seven miles away from the stage, whilst the musicians themselves played their instruments by remote control from within a heavily insulated spaceship which stayed in orbit around the planet - or more frequently around a completely different planet.
      Their songs are on the whole very simple and mostly follow the familiar theme of boy-being meets girl-being beneath silvery moon, which then explodes for no adequately explored reason.
      Many worlds have now banned their act altogether, sometimes for artistic reasons, but most commonly because the band's public address system contravenes local strategic arms limitations treaties.

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