Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or bust – wordplay!), then you know all about Phil Rudd’s recent legal troubles. Ok, they’ve been adding up lately, so many are questioning whether the drummer still has his job in AC/DC. Hell, even AC/DC seem to question that. But according to Rudd, his recent problems aren’t going to stop him from rejoining the band.
Rudd spoke to ONE News for the first time since his arrest. Video of the interview/report can be seen online, but the basic gist is that Rudd calls the charges against him “Ludicrous.” “I want my job back, I want my reputation back, and I’m gonna get it back. I’m gonna fucking take it back,” claims Rudd, who further declares that “I’m going back to work with AC/DC. I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t … Everone listens to the wrong people. They should listen to me. I’m a good guy, and I’m a pretty good drummer, by the way. Ask [Angus [Young]. He’ll tell you.”
That later statement seems even bolder considering reporters actually have asked Angus Young about Rudd’s recent problems. While admitting he’s a great drummer, both Young and bassist Cliff Williams admitted in interviews that simply getting Rudd into the studio proved to be a challenge. “Phil created his own situation,” stated Young. “It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.” Making Rudd’s return to the band even a harder sell is the fact that he had been visibly absent from AC/DC’s video and photo shoots in support of Rock Or Bust even before his arrests. So whether Rudd will indeed go “back to work” as he claims remains to be seen.