Rumours are circling that former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade will be re-joining the Australian rockers when they take the stage at the 2015 Grammy Awards next week, taking the place of the band’s currently troubled drummer Phil Rudd.
Reports Blabbermouth, Slade has cancelled his previously scheduled meet-and-greet on January 31st at, get this, a California Optometry practice. Upon announcing the cancellation the practice commented that, “theres [sic] actually big news regarding Slade and his career coming in next several days which is why he had to reschedule this event.”
It was announced earlier this year that AC/DC will be performing at the Grammy Awards in the US on February 8th, even though their sixteenth studio album, Rock Or Bust, is not nominated. Although not confirmed by the band, it is expected that their drummer Phil Rudd will not be joining the band due to his ongoing legal troubles.
According to The Guardian, Rudd is due in court in New Zealand two days after the Grammys show for a case review. He is currently out on bail and is facing charges of drug possession and threatening to kill. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
At next week’s performance AC/DC will also be without guitarist Malcolm Young, who officially departed the band last year after being diagnosed with dementia. His nephew Stevie Young, has already been filling in for him.
Slade was AC/DC’s drummer from 1989 to 1994, performing on their album The Razors Edge, and, somewhat ironically, left the band when AC/DC suggested giving then-former drummer Phil Rudd another try. He now also fronts an AC/DC tribute band, Chris Slade Steel Circle.
Neither AC/DC nor Chris Slade have commented on the speculation. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on 8th February at The Staples Centre in Los Angeles.