Phil Rudd says he is unsure if AC/DC are even AC/DC anymore as the long time drummer remains out of the band picture as well as long time singer Brian Johnson who was forced to step back from the band on doctor’s advice.
The drummer plead guilty to a string of charges in New Zealand last year of threatening to kill and drug possession.
His arrest saw him replaced in the band by Chris Slade and now, while Rudd insists he is in a much better place, he questions whether the band currently touring the world under the AC/DC banner can call themselves that.
“It is up to Angus (Young, AC/DC guitarists), what he wants to do. I am limited to where I can go.,” Rudd tells Bay of Plenty Times.
“I was over-fuelled. All over the place. I am not like that anymore. I've never felt better as a drummer or a person. I am not saying I never hope of ever playing with AC/DC again but, then again, is it even AC/DC anymore? No Bon's (Scott) beautiful voice. No Malcolm (Young, guitar(. No Brian (Johnson, vocals).”
The charges levied against Rudd were the result of him apparently trying to arrange someone to ‘take out’ his personal assistant – a charge and claim Rudd still insists is a ‘crock of shit.’