Phil Rudd may still have roughly seven months of home detention left, but he’s still gearing up for his return to AC/DC once he’s done his time. The 61-year-old drummer talked to New Zealand’s TV3 3D show during his detention, promising fans — and himself — “I’m going to be back.”
“I’ve never been fitter, I’ve never felt better, I’ve never been psychologically or physically in better shape my whole life, and I love playing,” he said in the interview. “I’ve realized who I am and what I can do, and I just want a chance to go out there and show everyone who the man is.”
Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention in July after pleading guilty to threatening to kill a former co-worker as well as possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Despite the struggles he has dealt with, he told reporters outside of one of his court hearings that he plans to use his detention time for “self-improvement.” He told TV3 that he intends to “get my job back, go back on the road, make a lot of money.”
While Rudd is under his detention, AC/DC has brought drummer Chris Slade to fill in as drummer. Although the group has not announced whether this is a permanent replacement, Rudd is ready to return as soon as he can.
“I’ve grown up, but not grown old. I hope there’s a difference,” Rudd said. “I still want to play the drums. I’ve got a lot of game left and I reckon I’m just starting to f—ing get cleared up. So I just want a chance to get back in with the boys and just carry on from there.”
Regardless of whatever happens with Rudd’s future in the band, he doesn’t see the group slowing down anytime soon. “This last tour bulls—, you know, sure. Last tour, AC/DC will never retire, Angus [Young] will never retire,” he said. “We’ve always been a band that we give it all to the fans every night, whether we can survive or not for another couple of decades, who knows? But I think we can. I think we can go longer than the Rolling Stones.”
Watch TV3’s full interview with Rudd here.