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AC/DC Unveils New Live Drummer, Posts First Rehearsal Footage In Years

Cliff Williams is also out of retirement.

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AC/DC just posted rehearsal footage for their upcoming headlining slot at the Power Trip festival, and with some revelations about their lineup. AC/DC notes that bassist Cliff Williams has come out of retirement to play the show, and that drummer Matt Haug will replace Phil Rudd.

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No word on if Rudd is permanently out of the band, as he did rejoin AC/DC in 2020 for their latest record Power Up. Rudd was originally let go from AC/DC in 2015 when he was found guilty of threatening to kill someone and drug possession. Rudd was sentenced to eight months of house arrest by a New Zealand court, and was replaced by former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade.

Williams' story is far less dramatic. Dude retired from the road in 2016 after AC/DC's tour wrapped up, rejoined the band in 2020 for the recording and promotion of Power Up, and is now un-retiring from live shows. Simple as that.

AC/DC will play the October 7 date of Power Trip alongside Judas Priest, who has since taken the place of Ozzy Osbourne. Power Trip will happen between October 6 and 8 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, and will feature fellow headliners Metallica, Tool, Iron Maiden, and Guns N' Roses. Tickets are available here.

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