Asked in ACDC
Why did phill Rudd leave acdc?
January 11, 2010 2:19AM
I am assuming that you are referring to when Phil Rudd left Ac/Dc in 1983 or 1984. If so, Rudd apparently left Ac/Dc because he became exhausted from the frequent touring, etc. & he wanted to devote more time to his personal life(wife/kids). Simon Wright replaced Phil Rudd for several albums, then he was replaced by Chris Slade until Phil Rudd returned to Ac/Dc in time for the band to record the Ballbreaker album.
Phil Rudd did not leave the band to devote more time to his wife and kids. He had no wife. The major reason why he left the band was because of his increasing drug & alcohol problems. He began to spiral out of control and didn't really seem to care about anything anymore. His heart wasn't into the music as it had previously been. He had come to a physical confrontation with Malcolm about his issues not only with as I said, drugs and alcohol, but also with women. Phil had been engaged to a woman name Elizabeth in 1979 and they were planning on getting married in 1980. When Bon Scott died, the marriage plans got put on the back burner. Elizabeth was an American with a full time job in Houston and was raising her son Derek who was a toddler at the time. So, Phil would have to fly to see her. Unfortunately, this gave Phil the freedom to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. As his drug problems steadily increased, their relationship fell through the cracks. The straw that broke the camel's back so to speak was when she found out from a member in the band that he had been seeing a Dutch woman named Jasmine who was now pregnant with their child. Elizabeth was heart broken and the band felt that he had become extremely irresponsible. This situation obviously bothered Malcolm greatly and he had said nothing to Phil until they had a disagreement in The Bahamas during sessions for their forthcoming Atlantic album which was compounded but other issues that had happened on the last tour such as Phil showing up late for a party Atlantic records held in their honor in New York and then not being able to play two encores because he was too drunk; a huge embarrassment for the band. That's when Phil was fired. It was those two factors that contributed to his termination from the group.