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Name: Phil Rudd  
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Date of Birth: 19th May 1954
Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia
Profession: Composer
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Phillip Hugh Rudd (born May 19, 1954 in Melbourne, Australia) played drums in the rock band AC/DC from 1975 until 1983, returning in 1994. The reasoning behind brief leaving of the band was his problems with alcohol and aggressions between him and Malcolm Young. They eventually got into a fight. After quitting the band, he retired to New Zealand. The rest of the band eventually went touring there and called Phil to see if he would like to "Jam" with them. Phil made his name in Buster Brown, a hard rock band fronted by future Rose Tattoo vocalist Angry Anderson, in 1973. At the end of 1974, the original line-up spilt up.

Phil currently has helped AC/DC produce such albums as Ballbreaker and Stiff Upper Lip. His style of drumming is the most equivalent to the style of the rest the band members, which makes their reasons for asking him to rejoin after his violent struggle with drugs and alcohol obvious.

While living in New Zealand, Rudd purchased a helicopter charter company. It is believed that Rudd's decision to settle in New Zealand (rather than return to Melbourne) was due to his profile, with AC/DC fans driving through streets he had formerly lived in approching people saying 'does Phil Rudd live here?', 'Do you know where Phill Rudd lives?'.

It should also be noted that there were no ill feelings as a result of Chris Slade's departure in 1994. The band praised Slade for his performance, but belived a certain something had been missing from AC/DC's sound since the altercation in 1983. AC/DC's former bassist Mark Evans (1975-1977) was recently quoted comparing Rudd to the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, in that they were both born to play in their respective bands.

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