AC/DC say arrested drummer Phil Rudd must ‘get himself well’

The Australian band admit that Rudd's return 'may take some time'

AC/DC took part in a Reddit ‘AMA’ webchat over the weekend (November 15), speaking about the recent arrest of drummer Phil Rudd.

Rudd was originally arrested for allegedly arranging a murder plot, but that charge was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

The drummer will still face charges of making threats to kill and for possession of the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis.

During a Reddit AMA, held yesterday (November 16), the band’s bassist Cliff Williams said that Rudd “has to get himself well” and that it “may take some time”. Meanwhile, guitarist Angus Young said that the band is “committed to going forward and touring”.

Earlier this month, the other members of AC/DC released a joint statement about Rudd’s arrest, and insisted that it will not have any impact on the plans for their forthcoming album ‘Rock Or Bust’. “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking,” they said. “Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album ‘Rock Or Bust’ and upcoming tour next year.”

Rudd rejoined AC/DC in 1994, 11 years after he was forced out of the band in 1983. AC/DC are set to release ‘Rock Or Bust’, their first LP in six years, next month (December).

Last month, it was confirmed that guitarist Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia and will not appear on the new album. ‘Rock Or Bust’ will be the first in the group’s 41-year history not to feature the founder member.