AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested and charged with attempting to procure a murder of two men, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
In layman’s terms, Rudd is accused of attempting to a hire a hitman. The identity of Rudd’s alleged targets has not been disclosed.
Police reportedly arrested Rudd, 60, after raiding his home in New Zealand. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
Rudd joined AC/DC in 1975 and drummed on some of the band’s biggest albums, including Highway to Hell and Back in Black. He was fired in 1983 over his own personal problems as well as inner-band conflict with Malcolm Young, but rejoined in 1994 and has remained an active member of the band ever since. In 2003, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of AC/DC.
AC/DC is set to release its latest album, Rock or Bust, on December 2nd, which they plan to support by embarking on a world tour. Update: The rest of the band has issued a statement to Rolling Stone, saying, “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.”
This is a developing story…