Phil Rudd Named In Top 100 Of World's Best Drummers

Publish Date
Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 9:50AM
Photo/John Borren NZ Herald

Photo/John Borren NZ Herald

AC/DC's Phil Rudd has been named one of the top 100 drummers of all time.

The Tauranga resident was ranked 86 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of drumming greats.

He ranked ahead of Blink-182's Travis Barker (99), Guns n' Roses' Steven Adler (98) and U2's Larry Mullen Jr (96).

Mr Rudd said the news was good but he was not likely to take the rankings too seriously.

"What can I say? There are a lot of other drummers around," Mr Rudd told the Bay of Plenty Times.

Rolling Stone stated Mr Rudd was "one of the most consistent minimalists in hard-rock drumming", and influenced a wave of international players from Rammstein's Christoph Schnieider to Kiss' Eric Singer.

"He lays it down in the most economical, yet effective way," Singer said. "His feel is really the heart and soul of the band."

"It's sweet words," Mr Rudd said.

"It's just how you develop, you know, to make the most of what you've got. I take a lot of pride in my straights [beats]. That seems to be what my trademark is. That's my forte."

Mr Rudd said his drumming was "not a technical thing" but something more focused on feel.

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