Grapevine: Brian Johnson releases statement about AC/DC

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Brian Johnson releases statement on hearing loss

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson wants to clear the air about a press release issued by the band which stated Johnson could suffer total hearing loss if he continued to tour. “I don’t believe the earlier press release sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented.” In his statement Johnson stresses that he is “not retiring.” “My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances.” Johnson admits that his healing loss was beginning to interfere with his performance. “I was having difficulty hearing the guitars on stage ... I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised ... this was something I could not in good conscience allow.” Johnson’s hearing loss caused AC/DC to reschedule several dates with a guest singer. It was officially announced last week that Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose would front AC/DC for European dates in May and June. Publicists for both bands said Rose would also sing for the 10 postponed U.S. dates — including Detroit — but those dates haven’t been announced. Rose will front Guns N’ Roses when they kick off their North American stadium run at Ford Field on June 23. AC/DC was scheduled to play The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 20.

Michael Strahan moving from ‘Live’ to ‘GMA’

Television host Michael Strahan is leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” to join the cast of “Good Morning America.” Strahan, a former NFL player, replaced Regis Philbin on the long-running morning show in 2012. No one is leaving GMA to make room for Strahan, he’s just being added. CNN reports that ABC will hold tryouts for a replacement on “Live,” and will kick off the search for a new co-host for Kelly Ripa when the new season begins in the fall. GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos commented on the switch on Twitter, calling Strahan “the ultimate team player.”

Cooking show ‘Extra Virgin’ makes a visit to Detroit

The Cooking Channel show “Extra Virgin,” staring actress Debi Mazar and her Italian husband, Gabriele Corcos, filmed an episode in Detroit that airs 9 p.m. Wednesday. The episode shows the couple visiting Eastern Market and West Village bakery Sister Pie, and they take a tour of the Model T plant.

Also ...

■A Merle Haggard biopic is in the works, Deadline reports. The film “Done it All,” was penned by “Cinderella Man” writer Cliff Hollingsworth. Haggard died on April 6, his 79th birthday.

■Actor Joe Manganiello has been hospitalized with appendicitis, TMZ reports.

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are expecting their second child. Their son, Otis, was born in April 2014.

Wednesday’s birthdays

Ryan O’Neal, 75

Jessica Lange, 67

Andy Serkis, 52

Crispin Glover, 52

Joey Lawrence, 40