Phil Rudd has been charged after attempting to have two men killed and on drug charges.
The AC/DC drummer was the subject of a raid in Tauranga on Thursday morning. Yikes!
New Zealand police confirmed that a 60-year-old male was the subject of a raid in Tauranga on Thursday morning.
Rudd had been charged with attempting to have someone set up a murder, threatening to kill, and for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
The drummer appeared in court on Thursday at around 2:15pm local time. He was released on bail but ordered not to have contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire to carry out the murders.
According to the charges, Rudd had tried to have two men killed. Their names and the name of the intended hitman were all suppressed by the judge.
A police official quoted by the SunLive news website said the information that led to the raid on the house was provided by a member of the public.
The Australian-born drummer has lived in Tauranga for a number of years.
Phil moved to New Zealand in 1983 after being sacked from the band. Things went downhill in AC/DC due to Phil’s issues with drugs and alcohol and his deteriorating friendship with Malcolm Young. He as kicked out in 1983 after things escalated to a physical confrontation between the band members.
Rudd returned to the band in 1994 after Chris Slade, who was with the band from 1989 to 1994, was asked to leave.
AC/DC has a new album, Rock or Bust, due out on November 28.
It’s the band’s first album of original material since Black Ice was released six years ago. The record follows the departure of AC/DC’s founding guitarist Malcolm Young after his family announced he had developed dementia.
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