After a tumultuous legal saga that included an 8-month stint of house arrest for a conviction of threatening to kill, former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd appears to be back on track. Rudd will widely release his first solo album, Head Job, on September 30.
Head Job was completed in 2014 and released in Australia and New Zealand (Rudd’s birth and home countries, respectively), but “further promotional plans were scuppered by well publicized legal problems in New Zealand,” according to a press release. Rudd has lined up a promotional tour of the U.K. and Europe to support Head Job‘s release.
“[My] hell raising days are over,” the drummer said in a statement. “I see a psychiatrist once a week and I’m closer than ever to my children. I still have all my flash cars but now I want to grow chillies.”
In August 2015, Rudd announced his intentions to rejoin AC/DC when he told a New Zealand television station, “I’ve realized who I am and what I can do, and I just want a chance to go out there and show everyone who the man is.”
But even if Rudd were to return to AC/DC now, he wouldn’t find many familiar faces. Rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young left the band in September 2014 due to health problems, while bassist Cliff Williams shared last month that he was “backing off of touring and recording” after the conclusion of this summer’s Rock or Bust Tour. And, most notably, hearing troubles forced powerhouse vocalist Brian Johnson to the sidelines at the outset of this year’s tour — although AC/DC found a capable replacement in Guns ‘N Roses singer Axl Rose.