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Phil Rudd

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Speaks Out: 'I've Seen the Error of My Ways'

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Phil Rudd is out on bail following a hearing last month where the AC/DC drummer pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession and threatening to kill a person. During a recent interview with Australia's A Current Affair, Rudd talked about his legal troubles and what communication has been like with his former bandmates, who are currently on tour in support of Rock or Bust.READ MORE

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AC/DC Shares "Rock the Blues Away" Video From New 'Rock or Bust' Album [WATCH]

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AC/DC recently unveiled the video for its third single from 'Rock or Bust,' "Rock the Blues Away." The feel-good rocker is the first clip from the new album to feature drummer Chris Slade, who will be behind the kit for the foreseeable future as Phil Rudd deals with his legal issues. The song follows "Play Ball" and the title track from the new effort.READ MORE


Former AC/DC Drummer Chris Slade Will Join Group for Grammys and 'Rock or Bust' Tour

Buzz 10:32AM EDT

After weeks of speculation on who would takeover drumming duties for Phil Rudd of AC/DC, Chris Slade has confirmed that he will join the band for its Grammy performance and Rock or Bust tour. Slade, who played with the band for a stretch in the 1990s, shared the news via Facebook. The band has yet to comment and there's no official word if Slade will be the permanent replacement. Rudd has a court date scheduled for April to deal with some legal issues, but he has stated that he wants his job back.READ MORE

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Phil Rudd Court Date Pushed Back to April: Former AC/DC Drummer Chris Slade Rumored for Grammys

Buzz 12:27PM EDT

Phil Rudd's next court date, which was scheduled for the week following the Grammys, has been pushed back to April. According to Blabbermouth, the AC/DC drummer switched up his legal representation, which is why the review of the charges against him has been postponed. He was arrested in November on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. A murder-for-hire charge was dropped. Former drummer Chris Slade has been rumored to step in for the percussionist this weekend at the awards ceremony.READ MORE

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5 AC/DC Replacement Drummers for Phil Rudd: Jason Bonham, Steven Adler, Chris Cester and More

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The unstoppable rock 'n' roll force that is AC/DC has been having a rough go at things lately. They unfortunately parted ways with founding member Malcolm Young, who served as the steady rhythm guitarist on 14 albums before leaving to receive treatment for dementia in September. Another crucial piece of the hard rock puzzle, drummer Phil Rudd, had to take a break in order to deal with some bizarre legal issues. Now with AC/DC riding high on the success of Rock or Bust, they will no doubt be looking for a replacement until either Rudd is cleared or locked up. Steven Adler, Jason Bonham and Chris Cester are all suitable substitutes.READ MORE

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Brendan O'Brien Talks AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust,' Producer Compares it to the Band's Last Album 'Black Ice' [LISTEN]

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After the success of AC/DC's 2008 album, Black Ice, it was a no-brainer for the hard rock band to hire Brendan O'Brien back for their latest album, Rock or Bust. The producer spoke with Ultimate Classic Rock recently about the record, which was released in December. O'Brien talked about his favorite tune on the album as well as how long the effort took to record.READ MORE

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Phil Rudd Gives First Interview Since November Arrest: 'I'm Going Back to Work with AC/DC'

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Despite all his current legal issues, Phil Rudd said in his first interview since being arrested in November that he will be resuming his duties as drummer for AC/DC. The longtime percussionist was charged with threatening to kill and drug possession. A murder-for-hire charge was dropped. Rudd, who played on AC/DC's new album, Rock or Bust, told ONE News that the charges against him are 'ludicrous.'READ MORE

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AC/DC's Angus Young Talks About Phil Rudd: 'His Behavior Has Been a Bit Strange'

Buzz 13:41PM EDT

Everything seems to be back on track for AC/DC. The same cannot be said, though, for the group's longtime drummer Phil Rudd. He was arrested in November for trying to hire a hitman and threatening to kill. The hitman charge was dropped, but he could still go to prison for the threatening to kill charge. Either way, Angus Young and Cliff Williams said in a recent interview that the band has to move forward without him. Young recalled Rudd's erratic behavior during the sessions for their 15th international studio effort, "Rock or Bust," Blabbermouth reports. "His behavior has been a bit strange," he said. "'Cause when we were doing the album, one minute he was coming, the next minute he wasn't coming. So it took quite a while to get him to the studio. When he got there, he did a great job. [But] it's not the Phil that we'd known all over the years. He knew that we were promoting the album and doing stuff [like photo and video shoots], and again he said he'd be there and no, last minute, again, he didn't show." Rudd missed his court date earlier this month. A full review of the case will occur Feb. 10.READ MORE

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Allegedly Threatened to Kill a Man and His 10-Year-Old Daughter: Prosecutors Release Details

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The case against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd continues to get worse. Details of the allegations against the percussionist were released last week, and they are pretty rough. His murder-for-hire charge was already dropped, and Rudd pled not guilty to the remaining threatening-to-kill and drug-possession charges. Now New Zealand prosecutors claim Rudd called the victim and threatened to kill him and his 10-year-old daughter in September, "The Guardian" reported. According to the publication, Rudd had made a phone call prior to threatening the victim in which he spoke to a third party and outlined what he wanted to do. The drummer did not deny possessing methamphetamine or marijuana. He will return to court Feb. 10. Police in New Zealand raided Rudd's home in November, executing a search warrant when they found the drugs. The charge of trying to procure the services of a hitman was dropped shortly after his arrest when prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence for the claim.READ MORE

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Coachella 2015: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake Rumored to be Headlining April Festival

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The 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is about five months away and the rumor mill on who will headline is already turning. AC/DC, Jack White and Drake are all current favorites to show up at the festival as long as they accept the invitations, Hits Daily Double notes. The website also claims that organizer Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice has standing offers of $8 million out to Led Zeppelin, The Talking Heads, The Smiths and the original Guns N' Roses to appear at the festival.READ MORE

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Threats, Drug Charges

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The odd courtroom saga continues for former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who recently pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.READ MORE


[STREAM] AC/DC Share New Album 'Rock or Bust' a Week Ahead of Its Release Date [LISTEN]

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Hard rock fans can stream AC/DC's new album "Rock or Bust" in its entirety a week ahead of its release over at iTunes, "Consequence of Sound" notes. The band's 15th international release will be available Dec. 2. The group put out two singles, "Play Ball" and the title track, dropping a video for the latter just yesterday, Nov. 24. "Rock or Bust" will be the first AC/DC effort not to feature rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who retired from the band due to dementia. The new album will be the band's follow-up to 2008's "Black Ice." Produced by Brendan O'Brian, who also sat behind the controls for "Rock or Bust," the album marked somewhat of a comeback for the band. They struck an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart for distribution of the album, but there has not been any word on whether that will be the case with their new album. "Black Ice" was not immediately available for download, either. AC/DC plans to head out on a world tour after the release of "Rock or Bust." "Music Times" will keep you posted on that.READ MORE

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AC/DC Drop 'Rock or Bust' Video: Aussie Rockers Play for the Fans in New Clip [WATCH]

Buzz 11:33AM EDT

AC/DC's new video for the title track off their next album, "Rock or Bust," showcases what the band has been about for more than 40 years. The group, minus Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd, perform the new song to a legion of frenzied fans in the video. It has been a long journey for the Australian rock outfit, but they continue to rock just as hard as their "Back in Black" heyday. "We be a guitar band / We play across the land / Shootin' out tonight / Gonna keep you up all right," Brian Johnson sings on a glowing, circular stage in the video below. Rather then being set up on a platform above its fans, the band, like always, holds its loyal rockers above themselves in the video. Angus Young shuffles and steps in his signature schoolboy outfit like a Chuck Berry imitator. Check the clip out below.READ MORE

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AC/DC Share 'Rock or Bust' Title Track, Stream the Band's Second Single Now [LISTEN]

Buzz 12:07PM EDT

AC/DC has shared its second single from the upcoming "Rock or Bust" album. The heavy title track has the Australians at their rock 'n' roll best, proving why they have been able to maintain an impressive career for more than four decades. Although guitarist Malcolm Young is not on the track and drummer Phil Rudd has a lot to deal with as of late, the group is living proof of the motto "Rock or Bust." "You hear the guitar sound / Playin' nice and loud," Brian Johnson sings with his iron lungs. "Rock you to your knees / Gonna make your destiny." The riffs are loud, the drums are earth-shattering and Angus Young's guitar work is still a marvel — head to the 1:58 mark for the traditional face-melter. AC/DC crams in so much heavy metal muscle into this three-minute rocker. Check it out below, via Blabbermouth.READ MORE


AC/DC's World-Premiere 'Rock or Bust' Listening Party Will Be Held in New York City Nov. 18

Buzz 12:38PM EDT

If you're ready to hear AC/DC's 15th studio album Rock or Bust and can't wait until its Dec. 2 release date, then head to New York City next week. The band will be premiering the album at the listening event a full two weeks ahead of its release at Webster Hall.READ MORE

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