After Bon Scott’s untimely death in February 1980, the band began looking over a list of prospects for the potential lead singer position in AC/DC. The list included Alan Fryer (who later fronted the band Heaven), Gary Holton (ex-Heavy Metal Kids), Terry Schlesher (who later went on to sing for Geordie), and Brian Johnson (who at the time was in the process of attempting to re-launch his band Geordie).
The media also caught on to the prospect of Fryer becoming AC/DC’s lead singer, and also rumored former Easybeats front man Stevie Wright. Others that were rumored also included Steve Marriott, John Swan and Jimmy Barnes.
By later March, Brian was called in for an audition at Vanilla Studios in Westminster, England. Brian recalled in an interview from an article published in the December 2004 issue of Mojo magazine (Sylvie Simmons) “It happened that fast. Malcolm phoned us up on Grand National Day, 1980 and said, Would I like to come had have a shot with the boys? I was a huge fan of Bon Scott's – still am, I still play his records – a real sleazy voice, the sneakiest voice ever for blues."
Brian sang “Whole Lotta Rosie” and a cover of Ike & Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits”, two songs were enough to impress the band and by the following Saturday he was told he got the job. April 8th 1980 Brian was announced as the new singer of AC/DC with the official press release issued soon after and by this time the band would already be on their way to Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas to work on their new album which would result in “Back In Black”.