Former AC /C star Chris Slade has confirmed he is replacing Phil Rudd for the band’s Grammy Awards performance tonight.
Slade will make his return to the band after 20 years, after being a member of the popular rock band from 1989-94.
Slade announced the news in a statement posted on his official website, which reads, “This is an amazing opportunity for me. After all, most people don’t ever get to play with their favorite band once, let alone twice! I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have been shown… It has been very humbling. Thanks so much. We apologize for the secrecy, please understand this was for all the right reasons.”
Rudd is facing trial in New Zealand after pleading not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.
He was originally accused of attempting to procure the murder of two men, but that charge was dropped due to lack of evidence.
After Sunday’s show, AC/DC has confirmed tour dates that include Coachella in April and later a larger tour.
It’s not been revealed yet if Slade will remain with AC/DC for these shows or if Rudd will take over.
Rudd, who was originally with AC/DC from 1975-83, returned to take over for Slade in 1994.
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