January 15, 2015

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is probably not going to join his bandmates for their performance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on February 8th.

Phil Rudd piggyback

According to International Business Times, Rudd is scheduled to appear in a Tauranga, New Zealand courtroom just two days later, on February 10th, for a review of the charges brought against him late last year. Rudd was arrested at his Tauranga home in early November on charges of threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and meth. He is currently out on bail.


The Grammy Awards are scheduled to air live on CBS-TV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th, a Sunday, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Rudd also missed the video shoot for the first two singles off the new AC/DC album, Rock Or Bust, at the end of October. The band was forced to use drummer Bob Richards as a replacement. Rudd also did not appear in the photo shoot for the new disc.

It is not clear who will play drums for AC/DC at the Grammy Awards, which will mark the first time the veteran band has ever performed at an American awards show and on prime time national television. They appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2000.

Rudd recently told a New Zealand TV station, “I’m going back to work with AC/DC. I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t.

AC/DC will launch a world tour in support of Rock Or Bust, which arrived in December, later this year. The band will headline California’s Coachella festival in April.