AC/DC’S ANGUS YOUNG AND CLIFF WILLIAMS SPEAK OUT ON PHIL RUDD
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams did an interview with USA Today and addressed the legal problems of drummer Phil Rudd, saying that the drummer is “not the Phil we’ve known from the past.”
Rudd was arrested on November 6th and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years in jail for the other charges.
Williams said that getting Rudd to the studio for the recording sessions of the new AC/DC album, Rock Or Bust, was “tough,” with Young adding, “It put us in a difficult situation. It put us in a spot where we couldn’t move forward. Does the guy show up? Is he reliable to do his job in good shape? We’ve always been a solid, reliable unit.”
The guitarist did not want to delve into whether drugs were involved in Rudd’s seeming decline, adding, “I don’t know the exact situation . . . I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out.”
AC/DC issued a statement last week on Rudd’s arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the December 2nd release of Rock Or Bust and the band’s upcoming tour.
Drummer Bob Richards sat behind the kit for the video to “Play Ball” and the title track, but it is not known whether he will join the band on tour if Rudd cannot.