You might remember a few weeks back that AC/DC released a new group picture ahead of all the publicity for their new album, Rock or Bust, due in December. Notable by his absence was Malcolm Young, who, by now, we all know is suffering from the effects of dementia and will not be able to continue with the group.
But someone else was missing from that picture: drummer Phil Rudd. Where was he? Well, according to some new allegations, he was out busy trying to have two men murdered.
I’ll write that out again in case you need to read it one more time: He may have been looking to have two guys murdered by hiring a hitman. No word on whether the proposed methods included concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT, neck ties, contracts or high voltage.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed.
He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.
Rudd, 60, dressed in jeans and a grey sweater, said nothing during his short stint in the dock of the court, before being released on bail.
According to the charges laid by police, Rudd had tried to get two men killed – their names and that of the intended hitman were all suppressed by the judge.
Rudd’s arrest comes after police raided the drummer’s home on the Tauranga waterfront at Matua this morning.
He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
He’s out on bail for the moment, but there are apparently a couple of security guards watching his home.
Here’s AC/DC’s statement from Facebook: We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.
Again, I ask you: WHAT THE F**K?