Former Ac/dc Rocker Phil Rudd Is Convinced He's Still A Member Of The Band And Just Wants Five Minutes In A Room With Group Leader Angus Young To Convince Him He's Still The Best Drummer.
Rudd was dumped from the band last year (14) after allegations he tried to organise a hit on a former associate surfaced. He was arrested in Tauranga, New Zealand in November (14) and has since pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs, and is currently serving a home arrest stint in New Zealand.
Explaining his actions in an exclusive 3D news spot in New Zealand on Sunday (09Aug15), the fallen rocker recalled losing his cool when an album launch party failed to live up to expectations and lashing out at an assistant who helped organise it.
He reiterated his plans to rejoin the band during a Rolling Stone magazine interview on Monday (10Aug15), stating, "All I'm looking for is an opportunity to step back up. Once I get back my freedom to travel, I'll hopefully be heading straight back to whatever they're doing. I feel great. Better than I've ever felt before. I'm very keen to get back in the saddle."
Asked if he's still a member of AC DC, Rudd responded, "Me and everyone else says that, but that's not what Angus says. I don't want to upset Angus by saying the wrong thing. Me and Angus kicked serious a** and he knows if I was there, it would be better. I know he knows that, because I've proven it before.
"Just give me five minutes in a room with him and I'll get my job back. I promise you. I was doing hard personally and did some things I probably shouldn't have done. We've all got our cross to bear... With AC DC, if you've got a problem, you sort it out yourself. That's how it works. I've got a problem, so I handle it myself."
Rudd, who first joined AC DC in 1974 and rejoined in 1993, was replaced by the band's one-time drummer Chris Slade for an ongoing world tour.