Iconic AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson travels the globe to catch up with some of rock’s biggest superstars in his riveting music series “Brian Johnson: A Life on the Road.” Sting serves as Johnson’s first guest as the show makes its U.S. premiere on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, only on AXS TV.
There may not be a lead singing rocker with more heavy metal swagger than Brian Johnson. Fans may be surprised at how laid back he seems around his fellow music peers in his profile series. Case in point is his candid chat with Sting.
In a first-look clip of the series premiere episode, Johnson rides with the former frontman for The Police to the famed site of the New York punk venue, CBGB’s. The 17-time Grammy winner describes the small space to his British native friend. He calls it “kind of a spooky place.” He adds, “It was a bathroom that was the dressing room, and it was a toilet [with] graffiti everywhere. There was a little stage ‘round the corner, maybe 100 people you’d get in there at the most.”
The popular NYC music joint marked the spot of Sting and The Police’s first American tour gig. Sting tells Johnson he’s so grateful for building a musical “backbone” in America by playing small club after small club. He admits it helped him develop “psychological armor.” Many other famous artists played there including Blondie and Talking Heads.
Sting went on from that first U.S. show to blast to the top of the charts with The Police. Later, he forged a successful solo career and has dabbled in multiple aspects of the music medium, including writing the music and lyrics for a Broadway play that was inspired by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's childhood.
Watch the sneak peek clip of the “A Life on the Road” series premiere episode below.
“Brian Johnson: A Life on the Road” airs every Sunday in the U.S. on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, starting on Sept. 15.