Legendary rock band AC/DC are due to make their first live appearance since guitarist Malcom Young’s withdrawal from the band due to dementia, but it is improbable Phil Rudd will be performing either. The Drummer is due in court in New Zealand a couple of days before the award show for a case review. Rudd is currently facing charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, he has pleaded not guilty. Although he insists on rejoining the band, his behaviour has been unpredictable before and since being charged.
Upon recording the band’s most recent album, Rock or Bust, Rudd was 10 days late for recording sessions. “One minute he was coming, then he wasn’t, then he was, we’re not a band that likes to wait around”, lead guitarist Angus Young told Rolling Stone recently. Young has spoken for the band saying “It’s unfortunate, because he’s a great drummer… We go way back. But it was just making it difficult for us. What do we do? You can’t plan anything. If anyone says, ‘You wanna do this?’ It was making it too difficult to go forward”. Will this affect their performance at the Grammys or can they pull it off despite the absence of two members?
Listen to AC/DC’s newest single “Rock or Bust” below.