AC/DC drummer to release solo album

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Phil Rudd and friends.
Phil Rudd and friends.

Tauranga-based AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is about to release his first solo album.
The album, titled Head Job, is expected to be released on August 29, 2014.

On Rudd's Facebook page he cited influences ranging from Ringo Starr and Free/Bad Company's Simon Kirk, to Mountain's Leslie West and AC/DC bandmates Malcolm and Angus Young.

On the page a blurb stated the album's songs and lyrics were all very special to Rudd and when talking about the release of this album which has had such a long gestation, he said "I'm very happy for it to finally make its way out there and for people to hear it!".

The songs were penned primarily by Rudd with the assistance of Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin - musicians Phil met on the local scene, which he says "turned out to be a great musical partnership".

'Badge' and Martin also perform vocals, guitars and bass on the album, with Rudd sitting in the producer's seat. The tracks came together over a period of time recorded at several locations including the studio that Rudd built himself not far from his restaurant "Phil's Place" in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Songs titles on the album include "Repo Man", a gentle reminder about karma; rocking title track "Head Job", which does not have intimate connotations but is a play on words about going to the pub to commiserate with your mates about someone doing your head in.

Most songs were inspired by everyday personal experiences in life rather than touring the globe as part of AC/DC, the blurb stated.

Have a listen in the lyric video below or mobile users can use this link here .

- Bay of Plenty Times

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