Phil Rudd explained by Malcolm Young in old interview

newoldie

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Interview is from around 2000/20001.
Interesting to hear MY explain how integral Phil Rudd was to creating "their sound" vs. the other drummers that had played with AC/DC. That his style swings more and the others were "stiffer."
Quite the compliments and endorsement that PR was "It" and they needed him back.

And then PR explaining how simple his technique is, that he's lacking somewhat but when he gets into it, it seems to work well- humble guy.
 

C.M. Jones

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I've always held Rudd in the highest regard. He's sometimes rebuked for his simplicity, particularly by those who labor under the delusion that every drum part should consist of clinic chops, but his barebones style is the basis of his greatness. It allows his feel to shine, which is the primary ingredient in elite drumming. AC/DC would be a shell of itself without him.
 
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specgrade

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I love Phil. He Just Works with AC/DC. The first time I heard Back In Black. The count off to the heavy guitars. As a young boy the whole beat just blew me away. The entire album and all the albums he has played on. I will never get tired of hearing him play drums.
 

wraub

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I am totally in Camp Bon, and, honestly haven't liked or really listened to AC/DC in ages, but, Rudd is a solid machine as a time keeper without a doubt.
Not every performance (or, even, every drummer) needs to always show off all the chops, all the time. He does the right thing in the right place, imo.
 

jimb

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I love Phil. He Just Works with AC/DC. The first time I heard Back In Black. The count off to the heavy guitars. As a young boy the whole beat just blew me away. The entire album and all the albums he has played on. I will never get tired of hearing him play drums.
For me its Powerage. Never forget the first time I head Bullet to Bite On....off the scale, the writing the clarity. Powerage has just the right amount of raw...everything since is way too polished.
 

SomeBadDrummer

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For me its Powerage. Never forget the first time I head Bullet to Bite On....off the scale, the writing the clarity. Powerage has just the right amount of raw...everything since is way too polished.
Powerage is absolutely fabulous jimb, I agree with you on that, although IMHO Back in Black and For Those About to Rock, produced by Mutt Lange, had polish without being overly technical. Prior to the live recording If You Want Blood, Harry Vsnda and George Young produced more gritty, less polished hits like Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and the bluesy Ride On and The Jack.
Starting with Flick of the Switch things weren’t the same even though Rudd was on that album.
Despite the ‘simplistic’ drums pre 1983 AC/DC was and still is my favorite rock band of all time. I could listen to them all day long and never tire of the sound.
 

bud7h4

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Listen to how and where he places crash accents :)


Lots of back beat and syncopated accents. I had rarely heard that done before this album came out.
Also dynamic high hat, heavy on the 1 and 3. So simple and nuanced, yet a huge part of their sound.
 
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SomeBadDrummer

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So, nothing on his corporate style sober look?
I thought that was striking, and ok, kinda cool old man
In case you haven’t noticed, most drummers (including the legends) are actually just regular guys with exceptional talent, drive and fellow bands members. When not on stage or in studio they have lives including family, friends and hobbies like racing or tennis. Corporate? No I’d say classy.
 

SomeBadDrummer

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