Chris Slade Discusses Rumors Regarding New AC/DC Album, Says He Believes He Is Still Part Of The Band

Ever since 2018, there have been rumors circulating that seemed to suggest that AC/DC reunited with drummer Phil Rudd and were working on a new album featuring guitar tracks from the late Malcolm Young. Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider even claimed that the band completed the record, but had to put its release on hold due to the corona virus pandemic. Despite this, drummer Chris Slade has now cast some doubt on the rumors, while also saying that he believes that he is still in the band.

Slade told Rolling Stone the following when asked if he knew anything about a new album:

“Nope. I don’t at all. To be honest, those pictures are so old. I think it was probably… I don’t know if I was the first drummer to go through Canada. But it looks, to me, like old pictures, to be honest.”

“If you look at the hair on everybody and what the hair is like now, including me, you’ll see what I mean. There are so many rumors about AC/DC. There are daily, and I mean daily, rumors. ‘Oh, Angus has bought New Zealand.’ It’s ridiculous. ‘Oh, I know things because I know. They recorded an album and they’re going to be touring in 2020!’ You know what? They’re not [laughs].”

He also added the following about the idea of using Malcolm Young’s riffs for new music:

“We all know about technology. I’m certain that Malcolm and Angus talked in great depth about this before he passed and before he was really, seriously ill. I’m sure there was a master plan. Of course, you throw away plans. Plan A turns into Plan Z. Personally, my gut feeling is that Angus is not going to retire. There could quite possibly be another album. I’m pretty certain there will be. Who is on it? I have no idea. Will Cliff come out of retirement? Who knows? If he’s had enough fishing for a while, maybe he’ll want to come back to rock & roll.”

Slade went on to address his status in the band:

“To my absolute knowledge, and this is me being absolutely honest, I am the current drummer in AC/DC. [Laughs] It may sound deluded to some people. I’ve said that before in interviews and people have gone, ‘The man is deluded. He’s lost it. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.'”

“Nobody has ever called me and said, ‘By the way, you’re not the current drummer’ or, ‘By the way, Phil’s been in the band for three years.’ Nobody has ever said that. As far as I’m concerned … God, I’m philosophical enough to realize that Phil may well be back in the band. I have no idea. I had no idea last time when they called me before Rock or Bust. I’m open to all possibilities. That’s the way people should be, open-minded.”

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