Chris Slade Would Like To Rejoin AC/DC: ‘I Can’t Walk, But I Can Play Drums’

In a recent appearance on Rock Camp: The Podcast, the official podcast of Rock’ N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, Chris Slade expressed his willingness to rejoin AC/DC for their upcoming world tour, though he acknowledged doubts from band guitarist Angus Young regarding his current playing capability.

During the podcast hosted by David Fishof, the drummer with a six-decade career spanning collaborations with names like Tom Jones, Manfred Mann, and The Firm, shared his thoughts on rejoining AC/DC. When asked about the possibility of playing with AC/DC again, particularly for their 2024 world tour, Slade responded:

“Of course, I know I would’ve done it. I can’t walk, but I can play drums [Laughs]. I don’t think Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] believes that, but who knows? I’d probably play it more like Phil [Rudd, longtime AC/DC drummer] does these days, not like Chris Slade did in the ’90s.”

Slade’s Openness To An AC/DC Reunion

Turning the conversation back to his potential involvement with AC/DC once more, he added:

“I would’ve been interested, definitely. But that’s the way it rolls, you know.”

AC/DC’s New Lineup Decisions

The discussion about Slade’s potential involvement with AC/DC came in the wake of the band’s announcement last September, choosing Matt Laug as the drummer for their performance at the Power Trip festival and the upcoming Power Up tour starting in May. Slade, without any bitterness, took to social media to commend Laug, a familiar face from his California days, saying:

“I know Matt as a very nice guy from my days of living in California. He is a very capable, teetotal drummer and will put the drums exactly where Angus wants them….. At the back of the stage. I wish him the best of luck!”

Following some misunderstanding from fans regarding his initial comments, the musician clarified in a follow-up post that he was not bitter or whining about not being called by AC/DC.

Earlier in February, AC/DC announced their 2024 European tour dates. This marked the band’s first proper tour in eight years, featuring former Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney as the new bassist. The tour will include dates across Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, England, Slovakia, Belgium, France, and Ireland from May to August.