AC/DC say they ‘had a few issues’ with arrested drummer Phil Rudd

Band say that Rudd has 'got himself in a pickle'

AC/DC have spoken about the recent arrest of drummer Phil Rudd for drug possession and threats to kill.

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.


“We haven’t had contact,” said Angus Young in an interview, as reported by BBC News. “He’s got himself in a pickle. We had a few issues before with him. Even when we were recording it was hard even to get to him to do the recording. And then he was supposed to show up to do promos with us, to do video shoots and a few other things, and he never showed up for that either. So, at this stage, it’s a pretty tough call for us.”

Young continued: “He’s got to sort himself out I think. At this point it’s kind of a question mark. But if we’re touring, there will be a drummer in place, put it that way.”

Last week, 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.