AC/DC Vocalist Brian Johnson Lends Support to Dementia Charity
AC/DC have definitely seen the effects of dementia, witnessing the current plight of guitarist Malcolm Young, and there's no doubt it's had an effect on the band. One of the ways in which that is seen is that frontman Brian Johnson has recently lent his support to a little-known charity called the Sporting Memories Network, which deals with people suffering from dementia.
According to The Guardian, Johnson rang up the organization to offer his encouragement for their ongoing work. Tony Jameson-Allen, the organization's director, stated, "It's an absolutely amazing boost for a charity run by two people to receive a phone call from the singer of a group that has sold more than 200 million records worldwide."
Johnson reached out to Sporting Memories after hearing about their projects with older people, especially men, who have been suffering from mental health issues. Unlike other ant-dementia charities, the Sporting Memories Network is focused on treatment, not research. They have used sports memories to help people suffering from dementia, depression and social isolation make a connection. In May, the organization received the Alzheimer's Society's prize for best national initiative. Learn more about the organization here.
While speaking to a representative for the organization, Johnson told his own childhood stories, revisiting passing the site where footballer Hughie Gallacher died and going to watch Newcastle play in his youth. Check out more of Johnson's recollections at this location.
AC/DC will release their 'Rock or Bust' album in December. The disc is notable as longtime guitarist Malcolm Young stepped down from the group while suffering from dementia. Young's nephew, Stevie Young, filled in on guitar.
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