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AC/DC’s Angus Young on Phil Rudd arrest: “He’s got himself in a pickle”

By | Published on Monday 17 November 2014


AC/DC’s Angus Young has said that he and the rest of the band have had no contact with on-off drummer Phil Rudd following the latter’s arrest earlier this month, adding that Rudd has “got himself in a pickle”. Which is putting it a bit lightly but still, I guess it sums up the basic jist of what’s going on.

Speaking to The Daily Mail last week in the midst of a promo campaign for AC/DC’s incoming LP ‘Rock Or Bust’, Young said that Rudd’s behaviour had become unreliable while the band were still in the studio making that same album.

“Well, we had a few problems”, he explained. “The situation he’s in – that took everyone by surprise. We had a few issues before with him, even when we were recording it was hard even to get to him to do the recording”.

Young continued: “And then he was supposed to show up to do promos with us, to do video shoots and a few shoots and a few other things, and he never showed up for that either. So, at this stage, it’s a pretty tough call for us”.

As to carrying on with ‘Rock Or Bust’ without Rudd, he said: “We were resolved for us to go forward and I think Phil’s got – it’s something he’s got to do himself. He’s got to sort himself out, I think. But we were resolved to go forward. So at this point it’s kind of a question mark. But if we’re touring, there will be a drummer in place, put it that way”.

As previously reported, Rudd was charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana – and also initially a so-called ‘murder for hire charge’ that was quickly dropped – following a police raid on his New Zealand home. He will appear in court on 27 Nov.