AC/DC drummer Rudd to headline Bonfest 2017

CREDIT: Craig Cantwell
CREDIT: Craig Cantwell

Bonfest, the annual celebration of the life and music of AC/DC icon Bon Scott, has announced Phil Rudd as the main headliner for the 2017 festival.

Bonfest takes place in Bon’s Scottish hometown of Kirriemuir over the April 28-30, next year.

After Angus and Malcolm, Phil has the longest history of any other musician with AC/DC. The veteran musician has appeared on all but three of AC/DC’s 18 studio albums, which have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, and his drums are as much a part of the band’s sound as the Young brother’s guitars. Drumming peers from Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp) describes him as “the rock drummer” to Eric Singer of Kiss singing Phil Rudd’s praises “the heart and soul of AC/DC.”

During 2014 Phil recorded and released his first debut album, ‘Head Job’, with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin. The release of Head Job via Universal Music Group only took place in Australia and New Zealand.

With recent well publicised problems (which ended up in Phil Rudd serving an eight month home detention sentence) naturally thwarted the 2014 release of ‘Head Job’. Phil is determined to leave all his problems behind him and is very focused on a positive life style. He will be visiting the UK and Europe on promotion for the Head Job re-release.

Bonfest organizer Graham Galloway commented: “We are thrilled to be able to announce Phil Rudd as our main headliner for Bonfest 2017. Phil’s drumming has been the backbone of the AC/DC sound for 40 years, and he was a close personal friend of Bon’s too. Phil will be joining an incredible line up of bands next year, and we can’t wait to see him on our main stage”

Phil will be playing songs from ‘Head Job’ and will hopefully be performing a few AC/DC classics as well. Phil joins Stinger on the main stage on the Friday night, Live/Wire, Screaming Eagles and Solar Sons on Saturday, April 29, and AC/DC UK, Hayseed Dixie and Dave Arcari on Sunday 30.

As well as the evening concerts the festival will see three full days of free live gigs in local venues. Bonfest, which sees AC/DC fans from all over the world descending on the sleepy rural Scottish town, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with the unveiling of a life sized bronze statue of Bon in the town. This was 100 per cent funded by the worldwide AC/DC fanbase, and has become a year round attraction to the town. Tickets for the festival can be purchased from