Australian drummer Phil Rudd played in several Melbourne bands, such as Buster Brown and the Coloured Balls, before joining up with rock giants AC/DC in 1975.
Over the next four years Rudd powered the band to superstardom with his dogged consistency and unshakeable backbeat on classics like “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)” “T.N.T” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Phil is an indelible part of AC/DC history.
To the inexperienced, Rudd’s drumming may seem rudimentary. But his unselfish style and humongous groove have earned him the adoration of generations of drummers. Rammstein’s Christoph Schneider said “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.” Modern Drummer chimed in on the timeless rocker with the feature “50 Reasons To Love Phil Rudd” in May 2010.
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.
“You couldn’t find a more solid person or drummer than Phil Rudd” said ex lead AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson.
In 2014 Rudd released his debut LP ‘Head Job’ with Kiwi musicians Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin via Universal Music Group.
“I couldn’t be bloody happier with Head Job, to tell you the truth” Phil told Libel Music. “I’m so proud of the album, everything I had to do with it. The guys played really well on it, it’s just too good.”
Malcolm Young, co-founder of AC/DC, describes Rudd as “the real deal”. 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 as “the heart and soul of AC/DC.”
“The very definition of rock drumming.” – Modern Drummer