AC/DC kicked off the 57th annual Grammy Awards earlier tonight (Sunday, February 8) with a performance of the title track of its latest album, "Rock Or Bust", followed by an edited version of the group's classic song "Highway To Hell".
Video footage of AC/DC's appearance, taped at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, can be seen below. The awards were broadcast on CBS.
AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust", was not up for a Grammy this year since it was released on December 2, 2014 and missed the fall deadline for consideration.
The Grammy Awards performance marked AC/DC's first appearance on national TV in 14 years and its first live performance since the release of "Rock Or Bust".
Joining AC/DC on drums for the Grammy performance was returning member Chris Slade, who will also tour with the band.
Slade followed Simon Wright in AC/DC's lineup, joining in time to play on 1990's "The Razor's Edge" album. When Phil Rudd returned in 1995, Slade was shown the door and harbored some bad feelings about that for a while. Although he's 68, he still hits the drums as hard as ever.
The band is also scheduled to headline California's Coachella festival in April, with European and North American tours planned for later in the year.
As previously reported, Rudd's scheduled February 10 appearance in a New Zealand courtroom to address charges of "threatening to kill" and drug possession has been delayed until April because Rudd's lawyer has quit the case. According to Stuff.co.nz, attorney Paul Mabey stepped away on what he described as "amicable" terms. He did not elaborate on his reasons for leaving, saying, "It's just a professional decision that we have made."
Rudd's new lawyer is Craig Tuck, who has "appeared in some of New Zealand's highest profile cases acting for entertainers," according to LawAid.co.nz.
Rudd is reportedly required to stay near his Tauranga, New Zealand home for the duration of his case.