AC/DC will take the stage with their former drummer Chris Slade on Grammy night; the drummer confirmed the news on social media. “YES the drum stool is under OLD management! You will, I am sure know by now, CHRIS SLADE will re-join AC/DC for the GRAMMYS tomorrow Sunday 8th Feb and for their new ROCK OR BUST tour,” Slade wrote on Facebook. Slade also said this was an amazing opportunity because he gets to play with AC/DC again, his favorite band. Slade first joined the band in 1989, and played on AC/DC’s The Razors Edge album in 1990.
The band’s former drummer, Phil Rudd, is on trial for threatening to kill and drug possession. Rudd was also charged with murder-for-hire, but that charge was dropped due to insufficient evidence. The drummer’s trial was recently delayed until April. Band members Brian Johnson and Angus Young talked to Howard Stern a while ago about Rudd’s recent legal issues. “We had a few problems ourselves before he got into this situation. There was a lot of strange behavior going on. I guess you could put it down to him just not showing up for a lot of what we were doing,” Johnson told Stern. He added, “When you […] get to a stage where you have to convince someone to be there, […] it wears thin after a while.”
The band will kick off their Rock or Bust World Tour in May 5th in Arnhem, Holland. The tour will conclude on July 25th in Warsaw, Poland at the National Stadium. AC/DC’s Rock or Bust album was released last year. The project reached the number one position in eleven countries including Canada, Australia, and Germany. Two singles were released from the album, including “Play Bill” and title-track “Rock or Bust.” AC/DC has sold over 200 million albums worldwide, including selling over seventy million albums in the US alone. The band’s best-selling albums include Back in Black, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, and Black Ice. AC/DC is best-known for their huge hits “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Black in Black,” “Highway to Hell,” “Shoot to Thrill,” and “Thunderstruck.” AC/DC will also make an appearance at the Coachella Festival in April. They will headline the festival along with Drake and Jack White.