Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has changed his opinion about Axl Rose fronting the band after initially being down on the Guns N’ Roses singer. Although he had panned the collaboration when first hearing of it, Rudd told Music Radar in a new interview that he recently watched some clips of Rose performing with the group, saying, “I was surprised; it wasn’t too bad. I was quite surprised, I thought he did quite well and that’s not an easy gig, mate, it’s not an easy gig at all. AC/DC is a tough gig for everyone in the band.”
Rudd added that apart from watching the footage, “I don’t know what’s going to happen or what’s going on with the band.” Although he said that he had spoken to “a couple of the guys” in the band, he insisted, “I can’t say what’s on the horizon for AC/DC, I can’t really say.”
Rose completed nearly two dozen shows with AC/DC last year after singer Brian Johnson was told he was at risk of going deaf. Rose’s stint with the group was met largely with fan and critical acclaim.
Rudd himself was ousted from AC/DC when he 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.
Rudd admitted to being responsible for his dismissal from AC/DC, saying, “I shot myself in the foot. You make your own bed, mate. You make your own mistakes and you have to deal with them and that is what I have done. Hindsight is 20/20.”
Rudd’s replacement in AC/DC is Chris Slade, who previously did a three-year stint with the group from 1990 to 1993. Co-founder and sole original member Angus Young has not yet announced what the future holds for the group, following the departures of Rudd and Johnson and the retirements of guitarist Malcolm Young in 2014 and bassist Cliff Williams at the end of 2016.
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