Last Minute Call Up For AC/DC Drummer
Drummer Bob Richards has talked about his experience of replacing Phil Rudd during AC/DC’s recent video shoots. Richards, who previously performed with Asia and Graham Bonnet, was drafted in to the shoot after it became apparent that Rudd would be unavailable. Speaking with Rhythm magazine (via Classic Rock), he revealed that it was “all hands on deck” during the shoot and that he had very little time to learn the new AC/DC material:
“I received a call on the Thursday evening, asking if I could step in. I filled in at the last minute – it was all hands on deck.
“I heard the songs an hour or so before we went on to the set to start filming. I played it over several times and did a bit of air-drumming to it.”
Richards went on to note that he enjoyed the experience and hound the band to be “very encouraging”:
“The band were fantastic,” he says. “They made me so welcome and we had a great time shooting. They were very encouraging.
“Brian Johnson invited myself and some of the crew out for a few drinks in the evening. He’s a great host.”
AC/DC recently announced that former drummer Chris Slade would be returning to the band to replace Phil Rudd. Rudd has been charged with threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and meth. If found guilty, he could face up to seven years in prison. His trial begins on April 21.