Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been very vocal about his bandmates decision to utilise the vocal skills of Guns n’ Roses mainstay Axl Rose to fill the shoes of their ill singer Brian Johnston.
Brian was forced to vacate his role due to doctors information that he may go deaf due to years of heavy rock bombarding his ears.
Rudd has had a bad few years recently and was kicked out of the band due to his own very serious personal demons and issues.
With founding member Malcolm Young retiring due to early dementia, this has left lone original member Angus Young to keep the mega-popular band afloat. His choice of Axl was an inspired one and saw the band draw huge crowds and bank millions more than many of their peers.
Rudd said in a Music Radar interview back in January that he was surprised at how well Axl did with the group. ‘I watched some clips the other day of Axl singing with the boys. 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. I saw Angus jamming with Guns N' Roses as well. Apart from watching those clips though I don't know what's going to happen or what's going on with the band.’
Fast forward to last week and Rudd spoke to KaaosTV ahead of his show at the WS Arena in Finland and he shared a more dismissing opinion of Axl and AC/DC, saying ‘That's obviously been him being there for a fill a contractual obligation’.
During the chat, Rudd also expressed his desire to record with AC/DC leader Angus Young again. ‘I'd like to be involved with Angus again, maybe on the next album or something. I have a few travel restrictions, so I'm not even sure if I can get into America. So I have some limitations on what I can do. I'm just making the best of my situation at the moment.’
AC/DC are currently in limbo until Angus decides where they go from now. Axl has stated that he is willing to work with them again and juggle his GNR role alongside their (AC/DC) workload.
Rudd will have issues rejoining the band, but who knows in the world of rock.