Phil Rudd Murder Plot Charge: ‘We’re A Bit Shocked’
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, 60, is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder two people.
Rudd, an Australian, been charged in New Zealand, where he lives.
The rap sheet includes allegations that he was in possession of crystal meth and cannabis and of making threats to kill.
He said nothing during his brief court appearance and wore no shoes. He did not apply to suppress his name and was bailed until 27 November…
Rudd refused to talk to media gathered at the court and left in a late model Mercedes sedan, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Rudd was a notable absentee from AC/DC’s recent promotional material in the lead-up to the release of the band’s first album in six years.
Michael Browning, the band’s ex-manager, had only just heard the news and told Daily Mail Australia it was a ‘bit of a shock, but there you go’.
Facts are so thin the Sydney Morning Herald resorts to padding:
Rudd was driven from court by a blonde woman in a silver Mercedes Kompressor convertible.
That tour looks troubled:
The charges against Rudd are the latest development in a turbulent year for AC/DC which began with news that Malcolm Young would not participate in the recording of the next album due to ill health. The band recorded the album with Malcolm and Angus Young’s cousin, Steve, filling in on guitar.
A few months later Malcolm Young’s long-term departure from the band was announced with the rhythm guitarist and songwriter diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and confined to a care facility in Sydney. His place on the upcoming world tour will be taken by Steve Young.
“The band is in good shape,” Rudd told Fairfax earlier this year.
Sure it is…