Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd: ‘I’ll only play again if they get rid of Axl Rose’

Former member was convicted of drug possession and threats to kill last year

Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has said he would only rejoin the band if Axl Rose is sacked.

The sticksman was ousted from the group following his conviction last year for drug possession and making threats to kill a former employee. He was replaced on the band’s current world tour by Chris Slade.

“If Angus (Young) wanted me to play then that’s up to him – but I don’t really want to play with Axl Rose. I don’t really rate him,” he said of the Guns N’Roses frontman.


Rudd also revealed that he recently suffered a serious heart attack.


He told the Bay Of Plenty Times: “I had a fucking heart attack, but I’m good now. I was just at home and I started to feel just funny. I had a strange pain in my chest.

“My housekeeper took me to the hospital where they hooked me up and did all these tests. Turned out I had a big heart attack. My artery was all blocked up, and they said I had to stay in and have an operation.”

Meanwhile, bassist Cliff Williams recently said that he will retire from AC/DC after their current tour, and said that his decision was the ‘right thing’ to do.

Williams explained how he had decided to leave the band after it became a ‘changed animal’ in the wake of several members leaving.

”It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording,” he said.


“Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”

In 2014, guitarist Malcolm Young left the band after being diagnosed with dementia. Frontman Brian Johnson was also recently replaced by Axl Rose.

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