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'It's going to rock': Rudd on comeback

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

Phil Rudd played on recording sessions for the Australian rockers' latest album, Rock Or Bust. © SNPA Phil Rudd played on recording sessions for the Australian rockers' latest album, Rock Or Bust. Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is planning a musical comeback and a European tour just weeks after suffering a heart attack and the lapsing of court-ordered living restrictions.

The 62-year-old said he and a strange pain in his chest a few weeks ago at his Tauranga home and subsequent hospital tests showed he had a blocked artery.

'Yeah, I had a heart attack, but I am good now, got a stent inside," he told local paper the Bay of Plenty Times.

Last year, Rudd was ordered to serve eight months' home detention and six months of post-release conditions after admitting charges of threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and cannabis. The periods have now lapsed.

He says he has put that period of his life behind him.

"I made mistakes, but I am really good now," he told the paper.

"Life is good. I'm positive and healthy. I really appreciate the support of the fans around the world, which kept me going through, you know, some of the dark times, and I cannot wait to play the music for them, it is going to rock."

He plans to re-release his debut album Head Job and also plans to visit the UK and Europe in October and take a class at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

Also in the wings is playings festivals there next year with two local Bay of Plenty musicians, Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin.

He said he didn't want to play for AC/DC while Axl Rose was with the band. "I don't really rate him," he said.

Rudd also revealed he was in a relationship with Rotorua photographer Michelle Cutelli, who he first dated when he came to New Zealand in the 1980s.

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