The 62-year-old musician was recently admitted to a hospital in Tauranga, New Zealand after experiencing chest pain.

After tests revealed he had suffered a major heart attack, doctors operated on him to fix a blocked artery.

"Yeah, I had a f**king heart attack, but I am good now, got a stent inside," Phil tells New Zealand's Bay of Plenty Times newspaper. "I was just at home walking around at home, and I started feel, well just funny. You know how you can feel funny? I had a strange pain in my chest.

"So my housekeeper took me to the hospital, when they hooked me up and did all these tests turned out I had a big heart attack...my artery was all blocked up, and they said I had to stay in and have an operation."

The rocker, who left AC DC for the second time in 2015 after a series of legal problems, was completely unfazed by his brush with death as he even went to buy cigarettes when he was supposed to be recovering.

"I sneaked out to the shop to get some cigarettes, then I realised I had no car, so I walked home to get the Ferrari, and drove back to the hospital," he reveals.

Phil says he is now "all good" and "healthy" and is planning to tour the U.K. and Europe with his band Badge and Spence.

Last year (15) a Tauranga judge sentenced the rock veteran to eight months of home detention on charges of drug possession and making threats to kill.

The sentence brought to an end to a sorry legal saga which had seen him face charges, later dropped, of attempting to procure the murder of two men.

Of his troubles, the musician adds, "I made mistakes, but I am really good now. Life is good. I'm positive and healthy. I really appreciate the support of the fans around the world, which kept me going through, you know, some of the dark times, and I cannot wait to play the music for them, it is going to rock."

Despite being open to a return to AC DC, Phil says he does not want to rejoin the band as long as they are fronted by Axl Rose, who replaced iconic frontman Brian Johnson on the group's 2016 world tour.

"If Angus wanted me to play then that is up to him," he explains. "But I don't really want to play with Axl Rose...I don't really rate him."

Drumming duties in AC DC are currently performed by Chris Slade, who also had a stint with the band in the early 1990s.