Phil Rudd Shares His Thoughts On Returning With AC/DC
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AC/DC fans were in for a surprise when drummer Phil Rudd was absent from the Power Trip festival appearance this fall, replaced by Matt Laug. However, in a recent interview with New Zealand’s Stuff, Rudd hinted at his desire to return to the iconic rock band for future performances, stating, “I look forward to playing with them again in the future … rock on.”
While there’s speculation about a potential world tour in 2024, no official announcement has been made.
Rudd, however, is not just focusing on his musical future. The interview shifted its focus to a deeply personal struggle as Rudd prepares to part with some of his AC/DC memorabilia to raise funds for his close friend, Toni Wilson, diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal breast cancer.
In a poignant expression of support, Rudd stated,
“I’d give it all up, throw it on a bonfire, if it meant it would give Toni more time.” Wilson, who was given six months to live six months ago, is facing a challenging prognosis. Rudd emphasized, “She’s the love of my life. My best friend. All the money in the world can buy you things, but it can’t buy you time.”
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To aid his friend, Rudd is auctioning off AC/DC gear and memorabilia, with the proceeds going to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
The items up for auction include one of his sports cars and the drumsticks he used on classic tracks like “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”
“We’ve always been close, but this has brought us closer. Him selling off all his stuff – that’s just Phil,” says Wilson. Ah-Leen Rayner, Chief executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, expressed gratitude, “It’s really touching Phil Rudd has chosen to support us because of his personal connection to this awful disease …Phil’s generous donation will help us do more of this work towards our ambitious vision of zero deaths from breast cancer. What a unique way for AC/DC fans to make a difference to a good cause.”
While Rudd’s focus is currently on raising funds for breast cancer awareness, the drummer intends to return to the stage at some point. Fans can anticipate the possibility of seeing him rocking alongside AC/DC once again, bringing his signature beats to the iconic sound of the legendary band.