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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Mad Over 'Cocky' Fan Petition

February 05, 2010 03:24:46 GMT

After being urged by devotees to perform different tracks at AC/DC each show, the frontman slams the fans by saying they don't know a thing about the setlist.


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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is fuming over a fan petition urging the rockers to change the setlist on their "Black Ice" world tour - insisting their devotees shouldn't take rock 'n' roll so seriously. The band has been hit by complaints from loyal fans during their global gigs, with many teaming up to launch a campaign in a bid to force the rockers to play different songs at each show.

Johnson admits the petition made him angry because so many gig-goers want to hear all the band's classic tracks - and he's urging his disgruntled followers to just treat the concerts as a "bit of fun." Part of the petition read, "They may cheer at the concerts, they may go home happy... but they only came to hear 'Thunderstruck'. They don't eat, sleep and s**t AC/DC like we do."

He tells Australia's News.com.au, "F**k them! What about the fans who haven't heard (those songs)? There are a few cocky fans. A lot of people now with the computers, they sit on their fat a**es in their house somewhere going 'Oh they played that song last night, they should change it'. Well, b**locks to you. I don't think they realize changing a song in a set now is not the same as it used to be."

"When you include all the lighting guys, the stagehands, the technicians - there are 85 guys who have to know what's happening if you change a song. We're still doing some of the really old stuff. We're not daft. We realize the fans like the old songs."

"But boy, it ticks me off when people start petitions. We're not a political party, we're just a rock 'n' roll band out for a bit of fun."


 




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posted by MPIRE STRIKES YOU on Sep 07, 2012
I agree willa with clark child. we are the champions my friends. we there to hear them play the songs made them who they are and like. ps. i never happy... f you bp
posted by Darkkkkk Clark t cla on Sep 07, 2012
I LOVE ACDC I WANNA SEE THEM IN CONCERT, BUUUUUUUTTT, WANNA HEAR MORE OLDIES BUT GOODIES NOT NOW A DAY ACDC RETROMANIA MAN DIME DO WII. IF I DONT HEAR THE FUCKING SONGS I WANT FORGET IT REFUND ME
posted by t keller on Aug 19, 2010
Who's show is it ours or ACDC's show? Its ACDC's show and I love it no matter what they play people should shut up and let them play what they want. Here's a question does ACDC have any bad songs ? the answer is no so who ever started this petition go f yourself
posted by \'tallica fan on May 31, 2010
The stuff about the "lighting" guys, and shait is just pure bull. It's true that everyone needs to know what's going on, but that doesn't mean that they have to do the exact same thing night after night for a whole tour. Metallica changes their setlist EVERY night, with the exeption of about eight songs. Now that's what I call variation.
posted by and another fan on Feb 10, 2010
I absolutely agree with Brian - I think this petition is stupid! I just saw AC/DC in concert for the 1st time on 10/16/09 in DC but I've been a huge fan from the beginning and I had such a great time that I would love to see them again performing the same songs. If they want to change the line-up, it should be the BAND'S decision, not the so-called "die-hard" fans - if they're really fans, they wouldn't be complaining - they'd just be happy to be at the concert and have FUN!!! They should be quiet and be grateful that the band is still touring.
posted by another fan on Feb 05, 2010
Thanks for pointing that out. i didn't believe this story from the beginning. I just don't hear Brian talking like that. I still haven't seen the original source for this so I think it came from somewhere that was disgruntled about his Bono charity comments.
posted by a fan on Feb 04, 2010
The first part of that quote from Brian, "They may cheer at the concerts, they may go home happy... but they only came to hear 'Thunderstruck'. They don't eat, sleep and s**t AC/DC like we do.", is actually part of the fan petition, they're not Brian's words. Someone obviously got confused here.

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