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Justin Hawkins on awkward AC/DC mic grab: 'If Brian Johnson tells you to do something, you f*cking do it'

The Darkness singer explains how he wound up singing 'Back in Black' at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

Among the more thrilling moments at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert on August 3 was Brian Johnson and Lars Ulrich being joined by the Foo Fighters for two AC/DC songs, “Back in Black” and “Let There Be Rock.”

But there was also another artist on the stage – the Darkness front man Justin Hawkins, who shared the mic with Johnson during the second verse of “Back in Black” – a moment that some viewers found questionable.

After Hawkins was criticized by some for seemingly grabbing the microphone from the AC/DC legend, the singer took to Twitter to explain the situation.

“10 minutes before the AC/DC segment of the tribute, Brian Johnson asked me to come up and sing the second verse of 'Back in Black,' ” he began. “I initially refused, I've never sung it before and I didn't want it to seem like I was gatecrashing. However, Brian really was insistent and Dave Grohl told me that 'If Brian tells you to do something, you fucking do it.'

Hawkins continued, "I had Rufus [Taylor, The Darkness drummer] pull up the lyrics on his phone and I gave it a go, but in all honesty I think Brian just wanted to create a memorable spontaneous moment and have a laugh so he could really push on and smash the rest of his set. The stage manager scrambled to prepare a microphone for me, but I didn't know which one I was supposed to take and I ended up have to steal Brian's, which looked a bit awkward.”

He concluded, “Brian Johnson is an absolutely legend and Dave was right, I couldn't turn it down.”

You can check out the full set, complete with mic grab, above.