The former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright had replaced Phil Rudd when the latter bowed out of the band in 1983 and was with them until 1989, playing on the albums “Fly On The Wall”, “Who Made Who” and “Blow Up Your Video.”
Simon Wright opens up on AC/DC
Wright during a recent interview with Australia’s Heavy, reflected on his time with the legendary Australian hard rock outfit. He said: “I was in it for, like, seven and a half years or so, and there were a lot of big shows — like we did the Rock In Rio in ’85 and stuff, and some of the Monsters Of Rock shows in England, at Castle Donington. You never cease to be overwhelmed by some of the stuff. You look out and there’s four hundred, five hundred thousand people in Rio, and you’re just, like, ‘Wow. Keep your head down. Keep playing.’”
Asked which is his favorite of the albums he recorded with AC/DC, Simon said: “I don’t know if I have one. I think there’s good moments on each of ’em in a different way. It was all great recording all three albums, and it was really cool. A lot of people I meet — it’s been a while since I did those albums, but I do meet people who tell me that they love this album, they love that and stuff, and some of them even say it’s their favorite album. So it’s all good. It’s nice. I love meeting people and listening to what they think of albums like that, and the DIO albums as well I did. So it’s all good.”
Wright, who played drums for AC/DC in the 1980s, went on to say that he has no contact with his former bandmates anymore, and they didn’t ask him to return when Phil Rudd was gone. Wright, also known for his work in DIO, Rhino Bucket and UFO, lasted in AC/DC for six years. Wright, a then-unknown drummer whose first credits included Manchester, England metal outfit A II Z, joined AC/DC in time for the touring cycle for “Flick Of The Switch” and played with the Australian rockers throughout the ’80s before leaving to join DIO in 1989.