Phil Rudd


Drummer PHIL RUDD Wants Back in With AC/DC

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Phil Rudd says his AC/DC bandmates have been giving him the cold shoulder, even though he's reached out to guitarist Angus Young asking to rejoin the veteran rockers.
The 60-year-old drummer isn't playing with AC/DC on their world tour after he was charged last year of threatening to kill a contractor and for drug possession at his home in Tauranga on New Zealand's North Island.
He says his current bail conditions would allow him to rejoin the band on the tour, but the band have ignored his pleas.
"They haven't called me. I wrote them a letter and I tried to get in touch with Angus but I have had no contact from anybody," Rudd told the Nine Network's A Current Affair.
"I'm very disappointed, but that's life."
"Phil created his own situation. It's a hard thing to say about the guy. He's a great drummer, and he's done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He's not the Phil we've known from the past," Young said.Angus Young responded to A Current Affair in a statement, explaining that Rudd had changed from the bandmate they originally knew.

AC/DC Drummer RUDD Back In Handcuffs

Thursday, December 4, 2014
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been taken to a New Zealand police station after being handcuffed and put into the back of a police car.
A witness reported that Rudd was put into a police car this morning after an incident in Gate Pa in Tauranga, reported.
Rudd was spoken to by police on Cameron Rd, near the central city, before appearing to be arrested.
Tauranga police have refused to say if Rudd has been arrested or if he is in their custody.
Senior Sergeant Owen O'Brien said police were investigating an incident, but provided no further information, reported. 
Rudd's lawyer Paul Mabey QC said he was not aware of details of the incident. He said another lawyer was at the police station looking into the matter and no charges had been laid.
Rudd is already facing charges of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.
On Tuesday, Rudd's appearance in the Tauranga District Court was excused and Mabey finalised Rudd's not-guilty pleas to charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine.
Mabey had earlier filed the not-guilty plea notice administratively after Rudd's appearance last week.
Rudd is the only Australian-born member of AC/DC. In 2003 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of the band.
He moved to New Zealand in 1983 after he was kicked out of the group. He rejoined in 1994 and has since been in and out of New Zealand while touring and recording.
Rudd also opened a restaurant in Tauranga, which recently attracted publicity when a group of staff took a case to the Employment Relations Authority.
AC/DC released their new album, Rock or Bust, yesterday.
The band has sold more than 200 million albums and features at or near the top of highest-grossing tour lists whenever it plays live. It has been a standard-bearer for Australian music.

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charges DROPPED!

Friday, November 7, 2014
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's charge of attempting to procure a murder has been withdrawn.
Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday and was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
Rudd's lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC, said on Friday afternoon that the Crown solicitor withdrew the charge after a meeting with Mr Mabey and police.
The Crown solicitor said there was insufficient evidence to justify the charge, Mr Mabey said.
Mr Mabey said Rudd would defend the threatening to kill charge.
He described the drugs possession charges as minor.
The Crown Solicitor's office confirmed the charge had been withdrawn.
"Mr Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified," Mr Mabey said.
Rudd was considering any possible remedies, he said.
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