According to The Pulse Of Radio, Ultimate Classic Rock has posted a list of potential drummers for AC/DC should Phil Rudd be unable to return to the band — assuming, of course, that the group even wants him back. Although nothing official has been announced, Rudd is still the drummer for AC/DC until further notice. But with the band’s performance at the Grammy Awards coming up in less than a month, here are some potential replacements if Rudd doesn’t make it:
Simon Wright: Wright replaced Rudd when the latter bowed out of the band in 1983 and was with them until 1989, playing on the albums “Fly On The Wall”, “Who Made Who” and “Blow Up Your Video”.
Chris Slade: Slade followed Wright in the lineup, joining in time to play on 1990’s “The Razor’s Edge”. When Rudd returned in 1995, Slade was shown the door and harbored some bad feelings about that for a while. Although he’s 68, he still reportedly hits the drums as hard as ever.
Bob Richards: Richards is a little-known British drummer who filled in recently for Rudd during the video shoots for “Play Ball” and “Rock Or Bust”, the first two singles from the new “Rock Or Bust” album. He seems like he might be the likeliest candidate because of that.
Jason Bonham: The son of late, legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham has performed with his dad’s old band, so he could certainly pass muster with AC/DC as well.
Kenny Aronoff: This veteran drummer has played with tons of artists and groups, including a recent stint with Sammy Hagar’s hard-rockin’ Chickenfoot.
Rudd is scheduled to appear in a Tauranga, New Zealand courtroom just two days after the Grammys, on February 10, for a review of the charges brought against him late last year.
Rudd was arrested at his Tauranga home in early November on charges of threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and meth. He is currently out on bail.
The Grammy Awards are scheduled to air live on CBS-TV from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8, a Sunday, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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