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PHIL RUDD Would ‘Dearly Love’ To Play With AC/DC Again

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016
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Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd hasn’t ruled out a return to his former band, saying that he would “dearly love” to play with Angus Young again.

Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention by a New Zealand court in 2015 after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.

The charge of threatening to kill was the result of him reportedly trying to hire someone to “take out” his personal assistant after Rudd was angered by the poor launch of his 2014 solo debut, “Head Job”.

Now the 62-year-old drummer, who is preparing to take his first solo album on tour, tells the Press Association: “I’d dearly love to play on anything that Angus does, anything that might be — it’s never over.

“I have great stories with all the guys from AC/DC. We’ve gone through a lot together, done a lot together, done a lot of damage together.

“I have a lot of great memories with AC/DC and, even though some of us might not be very well, we’re not dead yet.”

Rudd revealed a couple of months ago that he underwent an emergency procedure after suffering a heart attack, but that he’s already recuperated and ready to return to his kit. ‘

It was the original release of “Head Job” that sparked Rudd‘s initial meltdown, with the drummer allegedly so angry at a personal assistant over the way the release was promoted that he threatened to have the man and his daughter killed.

Police investigating that claim against Rudd also found him in possession of drugs when they raided his home in November 2014.

Although Rudd played on AC/DC‘s latest album, “Rock Or Bust”, the band recruited Chris Slade to replace Rudd for touring purposes. Slade, who had previously played in the band from 1990 to 1993, remains part of the lineup.

Rudd played in several Melbourne bands such as BUSTER BROWN and THE COLOURED BALLS before joining up with AC/DC in 1975 and making his debut on their second album, “T.N.T.”

He played on 12 of the band’s 16 studio albums, including massive sellers like “Highway To Hell” and “Back In Black”.

“Head Job” was recorded with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger of Rotorua and Geoffrey Martin of Auckland.

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