AC/DC have kicked off the Grammy Awards and it will surely be a hard act to follow! The band tore the roof off of as they sang their new song, ‘Rock or Bust,’ and their classic, ‘Highway to Hell’!
There’s no better band to make a major comeback by kicking off the 2015 Grammy Awards than AC/DC! Although embattled drummer Phil Rudd, 60, was noticeably absent, the rock icons didn’t skip a beat. We have a feeling that this will be a major year for AC/DC with their upcoming tour.
AC/DC’s Grammy Performance — ‘Highway to Hell’ & ‘Rock or Bust’
AC/DC fans were in a frenzy as the iconic band returned in full force on Feb. 8. Clad in their signature schoolboy caps, the Australian natives gave us a taste of their new album, “Rock Or Bust,” with their title track.
A bunch of celebrities belted out the famous “Highway To Hell” chorus during the band’s opening performance. Surprising fan girls like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry danced theirs butt off as Angus Young showed his moves on the guitar!
Many have been anticipating how Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson, Stevie Young and Angus Young would be without longtime drummer, Phil Rudd, who has been tied up in legal battles after being charged in an alleged murder plot back on Nov. 6.
Fortunately, the band’s chemistry was completely on key as familiar face, Chris Slade, filled the vacant drum seat during their Grammy performance.
It was as though Chris, who played with the band back in 1989 and 1994, never left!
“This is an amazing opportunity for me,” Chris said, via Team Rock. “After all, most people don’t ever get to play with their favourite band once, let alone TWICE! I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have been shown personally, on the Facebook page and other social media. Not one comment has gone unread and it has been very humbling. Thanks so much.”
Phil Rudd: AC/DC Drummer Charged In Alleged Murder Plot
As we previously reported, the band’s drummer dilemma made headlines when Phil had been charged with “attempting to procure a murder” due to his participation in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in New Zealand. He also faced drug charges as well.
After being released on bail on Nov. 6, Phil will make another court appearance on Feb. 10 according to Rolling Stone.
Yet despite the hot water that the heavy metal rocker is in, he seemed relentless to return to the stage, “I want my job back, I want my reputation back and I’m gonna get it back. I’m gonna f*cking take it back,” said Phil according to New Zealand’s One News.
This is not the first bump in the road (or highway, rather) that the band has encountered. HollywoodLife.com also reported that that Malcolm Young, 62, songwriter and guitarist, was reportedly forced to leave the band after being diagnosed with dementia back in April 2014.
Regardless of their rocky past, this rock band seems back on track at last during their Grammy Awards performance.
HollywoodLifers: what do you think, did you enjoy AC/DC’s performance? Let us know!
— Jordyn Shaffer