As Phil Rudd awaits sentencing for pleading guilty drugs and threatening to kill charges, the former AC/DC drummer is breaking his public silence. “I’ve seen the error of my ways,” he recently told Australia’s A Current Affair. “Onward and upward from here.”
Regarding the charges to which he pleaded guilty, he said, “You make your own mistakes and it was a mistake of the charges. We all make mistakes.” Currently, he’s hoping for a “discharge without conviction.”
The 12-minute segment finds the drummer hanging out around his oil-stained “luxury cruiser,” in one of his eight cars, outside his “palatial” New Zealand home, at his airport hangar where he keeps a helicopter adjacent to his own restaurant, Phil’s Place. But throughout the clip, Rudd says he’d rather be on the band’s current world tour, in support of their recent Rock or Bust LP. Currently, drummer Chris Slade – who played on AC/DC’s The Razors Edge, single “Big Gun” and early Nineties live albums – is on tour with the group.
“I’m fit and ready to go,” he said of touring at one point. And when the reporter asked whether he wishes he was on tour, he said, “Oh, yeah. I’m not the only one either,” referring to other, unnamed members of the group. But repeatedly he said it was up to guitarist Angus Young whether or not he would return to the group. “We all know [the other members who want me back] don’t make a difference,” he said. “That’s how it is.”
Rudd said he’d tried to get in contact with his bandmates, to no avail. “They haven’t called me,” he said. “I wrote ’em a letter and I tried to get in touch with Angus and no contact.” When the reporter brought up the long history he had with the group, the drummer said, “I’m very disappointed, yeah. But that’s life.” And at another point, he said, “You know who your friends are, really.”
But even if he’s not getting in touch with Rudd directly, Young sent A Current Affair the same statement he sent USA Today last November. “Phil created his own situation,” the guitarist wrote. “It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known in the past.”
Rudd is due back in court on June 26th for sentencing.