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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7 2014 NATION 11 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA AC/DCs Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Phil Rudd Picture: GETTY UNITED KINGDOM/FIN COSTELLO/REDFERNS Rudd at heart of bands driving beat PHIL Rudd was already a respected player in Melbournes rock scene before he auditioned to become the permanent drummer for the fledgling AC/DC in late 1974. He had set his sights on a music career in his teens and furthered his reputation as a serious player with the tough suburban rock outfit Buster Brown, fronted by future Rose Tattoo leader Angry Anderson. The pair had a falling out over money and at 21, Rudd was working in a car wash and gigging with Lobby Loyde and the Coloured Balls when he found out AC/DC were looking for a drummer. AC/DCs original manager Michael Browning said Phil became integral to AC/DCs musical style and was over time admired worldwide by his peers for his wonderful timing and feel in his recent book Dog Eat Dog. Rudds solid, thundering rhythm would anchor the band through all their early records and tours. The drummer was particularly close to singer Bon Scott and was hit badly with grief after his death in 1980. He continued on with the band until 1983, then quit after finishing recording his parts for their 1983 album Flick of The Switch. After leaving the band, Rudd moved to New Zealand, playing music for pleasure to keep his hand in as well as indulging his passion for motor racing. Rudd rejoined the band in 1994 after the Young brothers asked him to join them for a jam session during their New Zealand tour. Many fans hailed his return to the line-up, convinced AC/DC never sounded the same without Rudd. By KATHY McCABE