February 9, 2015

Drummer Chris Slade confirmed on Saturday (February 7th) that he had returned to the lineup of AC/DC, just one day ahead of the band’s performance at Sunday night’s (February 8th) Grammy Awards ceremony and telecast.

Slade said in a statement, “This is an amazing opportunity for me. After all, most people don’t ever get to play with their favorite band once, let alone TWICE!”

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Slade added, “I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have been shown personally, on the Facebook page and other social media. Not one comment has gone unread and it has been very humbling. Thanks so much. We apologize for the secrecy. Please understand this was for all the right reasons.”

The return of Slade — who will also join the band on its upcoming world tour — resolves the question of whether drummer Phil Rudd would remain a member of the group after his recent and ongoing legal troubles.

Slade’s name was mentioned early on a possible replacement. He played on AC/DC’s 1990 album The Razor’s Edge and toured with the group until 1993, when Rudd rejoined after an 11-year hiatus.

  • Speculation about Slade grew after he had to bow out of a personal appearance last weekend. Photos later surfaced of him participating in a pre-Grammys event with AC/DC.
  • The Grammy Awards marked AC/DC’s first appearance on national TV in 14 years and its first live performance since the December release of its new album, Rock Or Bust.
  • The band is scheduled to headline California’s Coachella Festival in April, with European and North American tours planned for later in the year.
  • Rudd was arrested last November at his home in Tauranga, New Zealand on charges of “threatening to kill” and drug possession. A scheduled February 10th court appearance to address the charges has been delayed until April due to Rudd’s attorney quitting the case.