AC/DC singer tells rockers to stop charity lectures

Wed Feb 3, 2010 2:28am EST
 
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Anglo-Australian rockers AC/DC have a message for rock stars out to do good -- stop lecturing audiences about giving money to charity.

The band's frontman Brian Johnson, in an interview with Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph, said people don't want rich celebrities, like Bob Geldof and Bono, telling them to think of starving children.

"I don't tell everybody they should give money - they can't afford it," said Johnson, whose band won the first Grammy of its 37-year career last weekend for best hard rock performance for its song "War Machine."

"When I was a working man I didn't want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa."

Johnson said his band preferred to carry out work for charity in private and spend some of their own money.

"Do a charity gig, fair enough, but not on worldwide television," he said.

Johnson's comments comes as AC/DC prepares to set off next week on its first Australian tour in nine years after already traveling across many parts of the globe on its "Black Ice" world tour.

Its album of the same name, its first release in seven years, has sold about 6.7 million copies worldwide.

Johnson, 62, who took over as singer of the group in 1980 after Bon Scott died of alcohol poisoning, said he had no plans to retire.

"Of course I don't want to retire," he said. "But I'm telling you if the body or the voice packs in there's nothing I can do. Pride is what it is. You don't want to let yourself, the band or the fans down. I'll go on as long as I can. "

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)

 
<p>AC/DC lead vocalist Brian Johnson performs at the O2 Millennium Dome stadium in London April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>