Career In Beats: Phil Rudd
19th May 2011 | 11:20
As Phil Rudd today celebrates his 57th birthday, Rhythm thought it was the perfect time to take a doe-eyed look back at just some of the beats that have defined the AC/DC drummer's career.
As Phil Rudd today celebrates his 57th birthday, we thought it was the perfect time to take a doe-eyed look back at just some of the beats that have defined the AC/DC drummer's career.
And there are plenty of iconic beats littered across his 35-year time in the musical spotlight. Here's our pick of the 4/4 master's top moments.
Let There Be Rock
Let there be drums, and there were drums! Rudd keeps things rocking along at break-neck speed as 'DC blast into this 1977 classic. Look out for Rudd's typical head down, blast it out approach and Bon Scott's unspeakably tight strides.
Highway To Hell
Ah, the perfectly timed introduction of Rudd's familiar backbeat atop that iconic riff never fails to send a shiver up the spine. Here we see Rudd at his rock steady best.
Back In Black
New singer, same old Phil. Others may gush over the lead riff, which we must concede is awesome, but here at Rhythm we can't help but think that it's the hi-hat count in and pre-chorus fill that make this such a classic. Yet another Rudd example of how to get a massive sound by keeping things simple.
After a mid-career 'DC lull and a break from the drum stool, during which he dabbled in flying helicopters, the steadiest drummer in rock returned in time for 'DC's 1995 Ballbreaker album. This live version of the title track sums up everything there is to love about Rudd and the boys, as Phil puffs away nonchalantly on his cigarette while Brian Johnson swings across the stage on a giant wrecking ball. Unbelievable fun powered by an unshakable 4/4.
After eight long years without an AC/DC album, the Aussie legends returned in 2008 with the monumentally successful Black Ice. While the typical AC/DC rocker 'Rock 'n Roll Train' earned the honour of being the album's lead single, it was follow-up 'Anything Goes' that really showed that the boys still had what it takes. Check out this clip, in which Phil has to contend with cannons, a giant inflatable lady friend and a middle-aged schoolboy.