Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd revealed in a new interview with Bay Of Plenty Times that he recently suffered a heart attack and underwent surgery to place a stent inside his heart. The 62-year-old Rudd explained, “I was just at home walking around at home, and I started feel, well, just funny. You know how you can feel funny? I had a strange pain in my chest. So my housekeeper took me to the hospital, when they hooked me up and did all these tests turned out I had a big heart attack . . . my artery was all blocked up, and they said I had to stay in and have an operation.”
Rudd added that after sneaking out to a store to “get some cigarettes,” he went home to get his car and drove himself back to the hospital, where the stent was inserted through his arm. He said, “All I have is a tiny scar in my wrist. And my hair has grown back too so I am all good, I am healthy and got so much color in my cheeks.”
Rudd also said that he is willing to return to AC/DC if asked, remarking, “If Angus (Young, AC/DC guitarist) wanted me to play, then that is up to him . . . but I don’t really want to play with (current touring vocalist) Axl Rose — I don’t really rate him.” AC/DC parted ways with Rudd in late 2014 after the drummer was arrested at his home in Tauranga, New Zealand on charges of drug possession and threatening to kill. He was sentenced to eight months house arrest. Rudd has since claimed that his “hell-raising days are over” and is pursuing a solo career, while AC/DC recruited drummer Chris Slade — who played with the band in the early Nineties — to man the kit for the band’s current Rock Or Bust touring cycle. In addition to Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd, AC/DC lost the services of singer Brian Johnson earlier this year due to hearing problems, while bassist Cliff Williams plans to retire at the end of this tour. That will leave Angus Young as the only member left from the lineup that recorded the classic album Back In Black.