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AC/DC Stand-In Drummer Got an Hour to Learn Songs

AC/DC stand-in drummer Bob Richards only had an hour to learn tracks Rock Or Bust and Play Ball before the band shot their respective videos.

The Welsh drummer – previously with Asia and Graham Bonnet – was drafted in after Phil Rudd failed to appear in London due to charges for threatening to kill.

Talking about his brief stint in the band Richards tells Rhythm: “I received a call on the Thursday evening, asking if I could step in. I filled in at the last minute – it was all hands on deck.

“I heard the songs an hour or so before we went on to the set to start filming. I played it over several times and did a bit of air-drumming to it.”

But despite the lack of preparation, he enjoyed the experience. “The band were fantastic,” he says. “They made me so welcome and we had a great time shooting. They were very encouraging.

“Brian Johnson invited myself and some of the crew out for a few drinks in the evening. He’s a great host.”

Former drummer Chris Slade returned for the band’s Grammy Awards appearance earlier this month and he’ll take part in their upcoming world tour in support of their latest album.

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