Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he is on the mend as he recovers from a recent heart attack.
"Yeah, I had a heart attack," Rudd tells the New Zealand Herald, “but I am good now, got a stent inside.
"I was just at home walking around at home, and I started feel, well just funny,” he explains. “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 had a stent inserted via his arm.
"All I have is a tiny scar in my wrist,” he says. “And my hair has grown back too so I am all good, I am healthy and got so much colour in my cheeks."
Rudd is planning to launch a comeback now that an 8-month home detention and a further six months of post-release conditions have expired following a series of legal troubles in New Zealand that sidelined him from joining AC/DC for a world tour in support of 2014’s “Rock Or Bust” album.
The group brought in former member Chris Slade to handle drums for the trek, which resumed on August 27 in Greensboro, NC for its final series of US dates with Axl Rose stepping in for Brian Johnson.
Rudd was a member of AC/DC from 1975–83 and again from 1994 onward, even joining the group to record “Rock Or Bust” in Vancouver, BC in 2014.
The drummer is re-releasing his 2014 solo debut, “Head Job,” and says his band is heading to Europe in October to play some live dates.
"I made mistakes, but I am really good now,” he adds. “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."
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