AC/DC's Phil Rudd: I shot myself in the foot

A picture of Phil Rudd with AC/DC in 2001
Rudd, right, with AC\/DC in 2001 (Image credit: Getty)

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has reflected on the meltdown that led to him being replaced in the band, saying he shot himself in the foot.

Rudd was dismissed from the band last year after being charged with threatening to kill and drugs possession, and wound up serving eight months of home detention in New Zealand. AC/DC replaced him with returning member Chris Slade.

And asked whether he was disappointed not to get the chance to perform songs from the group’s latest album Rock Or Bust live, Rudd tells Eon Music: “I was very disappointed, but it’s called ‘shooting yourself in the foot’, young man.

“I fuckin’ did it, mate, and I did it well. I’m sort of a little bit restricted on travelling around like I’m used to, but I’m coping with that, and I’m not done yet! “

Since Rudd’s departure, frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams have left the band, with mainman Malcolm Young having bowed out previously. Rudd recently said he was optimistic that guitarist Angus Young will return and that he wants to take part.

Now he reveals that he has spoken to the band and Johnson recently. He says: “I’ve had contact with the guys and the crew. I’ve heard from Brian. I spoke to Brian a couple of days ago. We were talking about cars and how fuckin’ useless he is – how much quicker I am than him! He’s doing all right.”

Rudd is concentrating on the re-release of solo album Head Job, combined with a tour of Europe and the UK next year.

Phil Rudd European tour 2017

Mar 31: Oslo Hard Rock Cafe, Norway
Apr 01: Jossingford Musiik Kielleren, Norway
Apr 07: Storlian Rockfest, Sweden
Apr 28: Kirriemuir Bonfest, Scotland
May 02: Zurich Kaufleuten, Switzerland
May 03: Vienna Arena, Austria
May 04: St Polten Cinema Paradiso, Austria
May 05: Novarra Phenomenon, Italy
May 06: Ravena Legends Club, Italy
May 07: Budapest Durer Kert Big Hall, Hungary
May 10: Prague Lucerna Bar, Czech Republic
May 11: Brno Semi Lasso, Czech Republic
May 12: Litvino Livinov Attic Music Club, Czech Republic
May 13: Jablonec Eurocentrum, Czech Republic
May 16: Dudravka Bratislava Rock Cafe, Slovakia
May 17: Moravska Ostrava Barrack Rock Club, Slovakia
May 18: Zilina Dom Odrobov, Slovakia
May 19: Pko Presov Sk Presov, Slovakia
May 20: Zluty Pes Pardudice, Czech Republic
May 21: Manchester Band On The Wall, UK
May 24: Southampton Brook, UK
May 25: Brighton Concorde, UK
May 26: St Albans Arena, UK
May 27: London Underworld, UK
May 28: Edinburgh Corn Exchange, UK

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