Phil Rudd says all he needs is ‘five minutes’ to convince bandmates to let him rejoin AC/DC

Drummer has not played with the band since his arrest earlier this year

Exiled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that he only needs “five minutes” with Angus Young to persude him to rejoin the band.

On July 9, Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and threats to kill. Rudd has not played live with AC/DC since his arrest. He was replaced on the band’s current world tour by Chris Slade.

Rudd suggested that he is no longer considered a part of the band by Young. “Me and everyone else says that [am a member of the band], but that’s not what Angus says. I don’t want to upset Angus by saying the wrong thing. Me and Angus kicked serious ass and he knows if I was there, it would be better.”


Speaking to Rolling Stone, Rudd went on to add: “Just give me five minutes in a room with him and I’ll get my job back. I promise. I was doing hard personally and did some things I probably shouldn’t have done. We’ve all got our cross to bear.”

Rudd also appeared on New Zealand TV show 3D on Sunday night (August 9), giving an in-depth interview about his arrest and his plans for the future.

Discussing AC/DC Rudd maintained his belief that he will rejoin the band in the near future. “I’ve got a lot to think about now, I’ve grown up, but not grown old. I hope there’s a difference. I still want to play the drums. I’ve got a lot of game left and I reckon I’m just starting to get cleared up. So I just want a chance to get back in with the boys and just carry on from there.”

Rudd was recently arrested again and subsequently pleaded not guilty to breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence. The Australian-born musician, 61, was arrested last month (July 18) for allegedly breaching the conditions of his sentence.

Rudd has been allowed to remain in home confinement on bail until a hearing regarding the alleged breach in November.