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Due to Brian Johnson’s hearing issues and AC/DC‘s future still uncertain, there is a great deal of rumours suggesting all the individual musicians are planning to retire. When recently asked about it by Duke TV, the band’s drummer Chris Slade replied in the following fashion:

Chris Slade talks about his retirement from music

Chris Slade (photo: chrisslade.com)

The only thing that will make me retire is not being satisfied with my performance. I’m probably playing with more power now than I’ve ever played in my life, to be honest. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been doing it for so long… It’s something I love. I have a great passion for playing drums and playing great music, I think it’s fantastic. If I can play AC/DC and then play Manfred Mann’s Earth Band song and still be able to play it, at my age…

The day I go, ‘Oh, geez, I’m not happening, this isn’t working, I can’t drive this band anymore,’ that’s when I’ll stop. Not before. What will I do when I retire? I’ll make jewelry. Myself and my business partner [Brett Miller] – he’s a jeweler and he was my drum tech… So we’ve gone into business together. It’s called Spirit of the Drum.

Chris Slade was a member of AC/DC between 1989 and 1994, and returned to the fold in 2015 in the wake of original drummer Phil Rudd’s addictions and legal problems. Slade has recorded and performed with the likes of Tom Jones, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, David Gilmour, Uriah Heep, Gary Newman, Asia and supergroup The Firm (featuring Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers). In October this year, He will turn 72.

Source: Duke TV (YouTube)