Matt Manochio of USA Today conducted an interview with AC/DC singer Brian Johnson on May 26 at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where Brian was signing copies of his book, "Rockers And Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir". A printed version of the story ran in June 6's USA Today, with the article posted online a few days earlier. You can now watch the full chat below.
As previously reported, Johnson has come under fire from Christian leaders after he slammed religion as "a waste of time" in an interview with PopEater.com. Although he sang in a church choir when he was a young boy, Johnson said, "I don't believe in religion, let's put it that way. I believe all religions are bad. I think they're a waste of time. Jesus was a clever man. He wasn't the son of God. We all know that he was a very clever, wonderful man and he said, 'Church is in here, meaning you are your own church.'"
As for why he sang in the choir, Johnson said, "Was it religion? No, it was two shillings and sixpence a week!"
According to Christian Today, Pastor Drew Dixon of New Covenant Baptist Church in Albertville, Alabama, said, "Viewing Jesus this way is not an option. C.S. Lewis said you must view Jesus as liar, lunatic or Lord. There aren't any other options. You can't say Jesus was a clever man but not the Son of God because Jesus claimed to be the Son of God."
Allen Palmeri, associate editor of Baptist news journal Pathway, said, "(Jesus is) the author of Brian Johnson's musical talent. When one day he comes to the end of his showmanship on earth, he will have to face the fact that Jesus is the door to God the Father, who is there."
Johnson's views came up because he touches on them in "Rockers And Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir". The book is primarily about his love of cars, and Johnson told The Pulse Of Radio he has no desire to write a real autobiography: "I hate autobiographies. I think they're boring and rotten and I'm not interested. This was just short stories that would be funny and positive and wasn't a tell-all book. I don't like them either, 'cause it's usually just some bitter old git who wants to get his own back at everybody, you know (laughs)."
AC/DC has hinted that the band may hit the road in 2013 to celebrate their 40th anniversary, with Johnson saying that the group is scheduled to get together soon for a meeting to discuss the possibility of an anniversary tour and album.