Friday, November 14, 2014
Angus Young on Phil Rudd: He's Not the Same Guy He Used to Be
AC/DC has been in the news quite a lot lately due to their drummer Phil Rudd being charged with possession of cannabis and meth, making threats, and attempting to procure murder of two different people. Though the murder charges have been dropped, he is still facing a possible seven year sentence for the remaining charges. The rest of his band was quiet about the whole situation until just now. Founding member and lead guitarist Angus Young has issued statements on how he feels about his band mate and the situation in general.
Young said in an interview with USA Today:
"It put us in a difficult situation. It put us in a spot where we couldn't move forward. Does the guy show up? Is he reliable to do his job in good shape? We've always been a solid, reliable unit."
This definitely is nothing new to rock n' roll, although you would think by this point in AC/DC's career they would have gotten past anything of that nature considering how old they all are at this juncture. Young went further into detail on his feelings on Rudd and his situation saying:
"Phil created his own situation. 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 from the past. When you get into that land, it's very hard. I don't know the exact situation. I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out."
It can't be easy to see a long time friend and brother do such a thing to himself. I can only imagine the strife it has put AC/DC and Rudd's family through. Hopefully Rudd can get his crap together, but if he does land a jail sentence he will most likely have earned it and gotten what is coming to him. That isn't a nice thing to say about someone, but as I've said before when you get dirty deeds done dirt cheap you still pay the price.