When you name a record, is seems that you should consider carefully, or deal with the fallout.
After naming their new record Rock Or Bust, AC/DC are teetering on the edge of bust. With the pain of Guitarist Malcom Youngs dementia diagnosis, and subsequent retirement from the band still fresh, drummer Phil Rudd has added insult to injury, wreaked a little havoc, and has seemingly gone and done a few dirty deeds. We have no idea if they were going to be done dirt cheap.
AC/DC are a notoriously private band. Rudd obviously missed the memo!
Rudd, 60, of Tauranga, an island off New Zealand, was arrested this week on charges of threats to kill, and attempting to hire a person to kill to others. Attempting to procure a murder. Rudd appeared in court, but the charges have since been dropped. Paul Mabey QC, Rudd’s lawyer stated that “The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid.” The intended hitman, as yet not named, claims that the whole thing was just “hot air”. This it not it seems, the end of the matter. When carrying out a raid on Rudd’s home prior to an arrest, police found methamphetamine and cannabis, and to take a look at an almost toothless, disheveled, and gaunt Rudd on the stand earlier this week, it is totally possible that he is indulging in the drugs. Rudd could still be charged with drug possession and serve time in jail.
Where does this leave AC/DC as far as a drummer is concerned, for any upcoming tour? That remains to be seen. Rudd did undertake percussion duties on the new record, but was not photographed for any of the promotional material.
KG November 7 2014