Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd said in a new interview that he’s a changed man who’s no longer doing the “all the crazy stuff” that landed him an eight-month home detention sentence. Rudd told the New Zealand Herald, “I have behaved myself pretty well. I even tried to give up the cigarettes but I haven’t. I didn’t drink. I am not a big drinker so it doesn’t bother me. But I have stopped all the crazy stuff.”
- Rudd pleaded guilty last year to charges of drug possession and threatening to kill a former employee. His arrest in late 2014 resulted in missing a video shoot with AC/DC for the Rock Or Bust album and prevented him from touring with the group.
- Rudd said he is also seeing a therapist every week, revealing, “I have had to get help on my issues. I’ve never felt better in my life. Physically, mentally, I am in the best shape I have ever been.”
- The drummer said he is ready to get back to work but admitted that he has not heard from anyone in AC/DC. Although his conviction prevents him from traveling to America, he says he can travel to Europe and may head there to play some solo shows.
- Rudd was replaced by Chris Slade in AC/DC, which has also seen the departure of singer Brian Johnson and the announcement that bassist Cliff Willams would retire at the end of the current tour.
- Do you think Phil Rudd is a changed man?
- Would touring not be a wise option for him?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Rudolf Nepakharev wrote: “Good for you Phil,you’re a legend and the best drummer that AC/DC ever had, enjoy the rest of your life and do what makes you happy.”
Steven Fallon wrote: “Love his solo album. Hope Phil can make it here to NYC. All the best to him.”
Chris Palmer wrote: “he’ll be back on the pipe in no time.”