AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with trying to arrange two murders, as well as possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, in New Zealand. The 60-year old drummer entered no plea for the charges at the Tauranga District Court, and was released on bail until November 27. Few details have been revealed, but he has been accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill two men.

Rudd was born in Australia, and moved to New Zealand in 1983 after being kicked out of AC/DC, although he ended up rejoining the band in 1994. He also played on the bands latest album, Rock or Bust, which is set to release on December 2.


Prosecutors in New Zealand have dropped the murder-for-hire chargers against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, saying there is not enough evidence to move forward. Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, says that police made the decision to charge him with the crimes before consulting prosecutors.