Last weekend, it was announced on AC/DC‘s social media that the band were rehearsing for the forthcoming Power Trip festival, taking place between October 6 and 8 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, USA. Apart from AC/DC, the bill includes some of the biggest acts in hard rock and metal: Guns n’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Judas priest, Metallica and Tool.
AC/DC will perform on Oct 7 and Phil Rudd is not going to sit behind the drum kit. The rock and roll veterans have hired Matt Laug to do the job. A short statement on the band’s socials reads: “PWR UP for Power Trip! Listen to the rehearsal of the boys powering up with Cliff Williams, who’s coming out of retirement for the festival and Matt Laug on drums.”
Listen to a snippet of the rehearsal here: https://www.facebook.com/acdc/videos/955852095714142
Matt Laug was born in 1968 in Florence, South Carolina. He moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1986. Since then he has toured the world or recorded with the likes of: Alanis Morissette, Slash’s Snakepit, Anastacia, Pat Benatar, Beth Hart, New Radicals, Alice Cooper, Lifehouse, Christina Aguilera, Vasco Rossi, Tate Stevens, Mikalah Gordon (American Idol) , Melissa Etheridge, The Calling, Richard Marx, The Corrs, Eros Ramazzotti, Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs, Edgar Winter, Eddie Money and many more. He is one of Los Angeles’ most in demand studio session drummers having performed on records that have sold over 35 million copies.
Matt Laug is uses Paiste cymbals, DW drums, Vic Firth sticks and Remo drumheads.