Described by Malcolm Young — co-founder of AC/DC, as “the real deal…” — PHIL RUDD is the band’s long term drummer.
He played in several Melbourne-based bands such as Buster Brown and The Coloured Balls before joining with the rock giants in 1975.
Rudd supercharged the band to high status with his tenacious coherence and incontestable backbeat on classic songs such as: “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)” “TNT” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.”
RUDD is an enduring part of the AC/DC mythology.
To the credulous ear, Phil Rudd’s drummery might seem fundamental, but his expressive style has earned the admiration of his peers.
Rammstein’s Christoph Schneider told “Modern Drummer” in 2010: “AC/DC were my absolute heroes because they are simple and easy to copy — though soon you find they are not so easy to copy.” The issue also merited the rocker with the feature ‘50 Reasons To Love Phil Rudd‘.
Rudd has appeared on all but three of AC/DC’s 18 studio albums — which have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. When the blockbuster album “Highway to Hell” went multi-platinum worldwide, Rudd said he ‘‘went straight down the road to buy my first Ferrari’’ sparking a lifelong love of luxury cars.
With his plushy rock star lifestyle firmly in place, Phil Rudd recorded and released his first debut album “Head Job” with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin in 2014.
The album was released via Universal Music Group in Australia & New Zealand but did not go gloabl.
Now recovering from a near-fatal heart attack and with his legal problems behind him, the drummer plans to tour this autumn, with a trip to the U.K. scheduled for October. Among his stops, Rudd will visit Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts to provide a drumming master class to students.
“Head Job” is due for release in Europe 30 September 2016.
“You couldn’t find a more solid person or drummer than Phil Rudd…” Said vocalist Brian Johnson.