Estranged AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd: 'I Want My Job Back'

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Drummer Phil Rudd from Australian rock band AC/DC posed in a studio in London in August 1979.

Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd -- who's been estranged from the band since being hit with charges of threatening to kill a man in Rudd's employ for three years -- wants back in the band.

“I’m going back to work with AC/DC and I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t,” Rudd told New Zealand’s One News. “I want my job back and I want my reputation back.” Rudd pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month, which also included a charge of drug possession.

According to the prosecution, Rudd not only threatened the man and his daughter, but made a separate phone call on Sept. 26 to a third party and talked about "what he wanted done" to the man.

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Rudd's bandmates recently commented on the situation, but haven't stated if he's still welcome in the band or not. "His behavior has been a bit strange," guitarist Angus Young said. "'Cause when we were doing the [Rock or Bust] album, one minute he was coming, the next minute he wasn't coming. So it took quite a while to get him to the studio. When he got there, he did a great job. It's not the Phil that we'd known all over the years. He knew that we were promoting the album and doing stuff, and again he said he'd be there and no, last minute, again, he didn't show."

Rudd drummed for AC/DC from 1975-1983, and then rejoined them in 1994. His recent effort with the band, Rock or Bust, debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 3.


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