Former AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Recovers From Heart Attack, Doesn't Want to Play With Axl Rose

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Phil Rudd photographed on Aug. 3, 2015. 

Phil Rudd last made headlines when he was sentenced on threatening-to-kill charges in 2015. His eight months of home detention are up, and in a new interview he’s revealed some dire life matters more important than returning to AC/DC, or talking music entirely -- recovering from a heart attack.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, the 62-year old described suffering a heart attack several weeks ago:

"I was just at home walking around at home, and I started feel, well just funny… I had a strange pain in my chest," he said. "So my housekeeper took me to the hospital, when they hooked me up and did all these tests turned out I had a big heart artery was all blocked up, and they said I had to stay in and have an operation."

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Rudd received treatment, had a stent inserted in his arm, and is now out of the hospital, “ready to rock.” AC/DC continues to tour with Axl Rose as its singer but the deposed drummer isn’t exactly yearning to re-join. He has left door open, though. 

"If Angus [Young] wanted me to play then that is up to him,” Rudd said. “But I don't really want to play with Axl Rose… I don't really rate him."

Instead, Rudd plans to fill his time re-releasing and touring behind his 2014 solo album Head Job, and teaching a drumming master class at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Rudd's tone has shifted since late 2014, when he was more much adamant about re-joining the band

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Back in July 2015, Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention for threatening to kill a man who used to work for him, along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. He was thus unable to tour behind the band’s 2014 album Rock Or Bust and was replaced by drummer Chris Slade. 

Rudd had been with AC/DC since 1994, the year he re-joined following a first stint, from 1975 through 1983. In 2003, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the band. 

His heart attack follows a succession of serious medical issues endured by AC/DC’s current and former members. Rose replaced vocalist Brian Johnson, who had to step aside to avoid risking total hearing loss. Guitarist Malcolm Young departed in 2014 to receive treatment for dementia.

The current version of AC/DC soldiers on, with U.S. live dates set through Sept. 20, including a stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sept. 14.


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