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AC/DC Drummer Chris Slade Believes He's Still in the Band

"Nobody has ever called me and said, 'By the way, you're not the current drummer'"

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For over a year, AC/DC has been rumored to be working on a new album with their classic lineup. That means bassist Cliff Williams is supposedly involved with the new album, as is both vocalist Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd. If the rumors are true, then nobody told current AC/DC drummer Chris Slade.

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Slade recently told Rolling Stone nobody has called him and told him he's not in the band. So as far as he's concerned, he's still the drummer of AC/DC.

"To my absolute knowledge, and this is me being absolutely honest, I am the current drummer in AC/DC," said Slade. "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."

Slade drummed for AC/DC between 1989 and 1994, and then again from 2015 to apparently present day. Rudd exited the band in 2015 after pleading guilty to a series of charges including threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of cannabis.

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It's worth noting this isn't the first time this year Slade has wondered if he's still the drummer of AC/DC. Someone just tell the man what's going on!

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