But by the beginning of 1975 Phil had had enough, and hardly hesitated when AC/DC offered him the gig.
In 1983, at the end of the recording sessions of 'Flick Of The Switch', there were personal difficulties between Phil and Malcolm Young. Their relationship progressively deteriorated, to the point where a physical confrontation eventually took place. Two hours later Phil was out, flying home. Phil elected to retire to New Zealand where he bought a helicopter business and gave up professional music completely.
In 1994, when AC/DC were playing in New Zealand, Malcolm and Angus Young gave Phil a call. They hadn't seen him in about ten years. Then, around May 1994, they asked Phil to come and jam with them. He was back in the band.
Phil made his name with the Colored Balls, a skinhead band formed by guitarist Lobby Lloyd and singer Angry Anderson (who went on to form Rose Tatoo), which terrorised the club circuit during the early Seventies with a ferocious brand of yob-rock. Two singles ('Liberate Rock' and 'Mess Of Blues') were the only recognised fruits of Phil Rudd's time with the Colored Balls who, in 1974, changed their name to Buster Brown and went on to record one album ('Something To Say') for the indie Mushroom Records later the same year. But by the beginning of 1975 Phil had had enough, and hardly hesitated when AC/DC offered him the gig.
Phil Rudd played drums in the rock band AC/DC from 1974 until 1983, returning in 1994. The reasoning behind brief leaving of the band was his problems with alcohol and aggressions between Malcolm Young. They eventually got into a fight, which Phil lost. After quiting the band, he retired to New Zealand where he was checked into a rehabitilation center. The rest of the band eventually went touring there and called Phil to see if he would like to "Jam" with them. He was born in Melbourne, Australia on May 19, 1954. Phil made his name in a skinhead band, Coloured Balls.
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.