AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has spoken publicly following his recent arrest and exit from the band.
In April, Rudd pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. The court heard that Rudd had fired a number of employees due to the poor sales of his solo album ‘Head Job’, with it alleged that he later told an associate that he wanted one of his former employees to be “taken out”. Rudd allegedly offered the associate NZ$200,000 (£100,000) to complete the task.
Speaking to Australia’s ‘A Current Affair’, Rudd said: “I was pretty stressed at the time. I got back [to Australia] and the people who I had working for me for this [album] launch – it was a total fucking disaster. So I was really pissed off.”
Rudd continued to express regret for his actions, adding, “I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.”
The musician, who has been replaced by former drummer Chris Slade in the band’s current line-up, addressed his departure from the group.
He revealed: “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus [Young, guitarist]… I’ve had no contact with anybody. I’m very disappointed… But, you know, that’s life. I’m sure they’re having a great old time I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great.”
Rudd also seemed keen on rejoining the band in the future. He said: “There’ll be another tour and another and I’ll be on it. It’ll go until we all die. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops.”
Slade was a member of AC/DC between 1989 and 1994 and played on the album ‘The Razor’s Edge’. He was then replaced by Rudd, who served his second stint on drums from 1994 until earlier this year.