Band's official drummer Phil Rudd is awaiting trial in New Zealand
Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade has been pictured alongside the band during preparations for the Grammy Awards tomorrow (February 8).
Slade is rumoured to be standing in for estranged drummer Phil Rudd, who is at home in New Zealand awaiting trial on on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, for the band’s performance at the annual awards ceremony tomorrow night.
Blabbermouth reports that Slade was photographed alongside the rest of the band at a charity signing event yesterday (February 6) in Los Angeles, California. In one of the pictures Slade is seen with Cliff Williams.
Rumours about Slade rejoining the band began when a meet-and-greet he was due to be attending on January 31 in California was postponed.
The event was organised by Dr. Alex Corbin Liu and in announcing the change of plans on Facebook, he let slip that “There’s actually big news regarding Slade and his career coming in next several days which is why he had to reschedule this event.”
Slade was a member of AC/DC between 1989-1994 and played on the album ‘The Razor’s Edge’. He was replaced by returning drummer Phil Rudd.
Last month, Rudd’s AC/DC band mates Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young both addressed the problem their band is facing. While Young said that the band have yet to “resolve” whether Rudd is still a member of AC/DC, Johnson suggested Rudd would not performing on the 2015 tour.