Still on the sidelines due to hearing issues, Brian Johnson has signed on as the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation, a new children's charity in the U.K. that will help fund music therapy programs.
The foundation was established by Wylie, who founded the software company Sage. Johnson also set up the Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room in Sarasota, Fla., where he resides, and says in a statement that, "I am very proud and privileged to be the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation. I strongly believe in the power of music to help children and adults through the tough times of ill health."
Johnson remains on the sidelines after having to quit AC/DC's tour in March due to hearing issues; Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose stepped in for a European tour during the spring and will front the group from 10 makeup dates in the U.S. starting Saturday (August 27).
Johnson has been investigating potential methods to overcome the hearing problems, but AC/DC has not commented on his future with the band.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.