Phil Rudd: The bad boy of AC/DC?

Who would have thought that the apparently mild-mannered AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd had such a “bad boy of rock” reputation? And we’re not just talking about the typical rockstar “habits”… We’re talking hard core murder!

Ok, so it’s not like he killed anyone, but Mr. Rudd was arrested last week and accused of trying to procure the murder of two men in Tauranga, New Zealand.  Social media and even the big boys over at the BBC and the Daily Mail were on fire with all the stories surrounding Rudd’s murder procurement charges!  And not only that, but he was charged with the possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Phil Rudd being escorted by New Zealand police

Phil Rudd being escorted by New Zealand police

It’s safe to say that rock fans were in shock…why would the AC/DC percussionist want to hire a hit-man to kill anyone for him? To be more precise, why would he want to have anyone killed at all?  It’s not known who Rudd apparently wanted to “sleep with the fishes”, but after a whole day of media frenzy over these allegations, the charges were dropped because according to the Tauranga Crown Solicitor, Greg Hollister-Jones, there was “insufficient evidence”  to charge Mr. Rudd with such a harsh act.

The Crown Charge Notice saying the charges against Phil Rudd have been dropped

The Crown Charge Notice saying the charges against Phil Rudd have been dropped

Even though the charges for him wanting to hire someone to kill for him have been dropped, Phil is still facing charges for wanting someone killed, which in New Zealand carries a seven year jail sentence. And then there of course there are  the cannabis and methamphetamine procession charges as well…

Phil Rudd, the 60-year old bad boy of rock & roll *Photo: James Croucher/AP

Phil Rudd, the 60-year old bad boy of rock & roll
*Photo: James Croucher/AP

According to New Zealand news website stuff, Rudd “entered no plea to the charges and will reappear in court in three weeks.”  The rest of the band have said that Rudd’s absence will not affect the release of their upcoming album, “Rock or Bust” (set to be released at the beginning of December) nor will it affect the subsequent tour.  Whether this means that Rudd will not tour with the band is unclear as yet, but a recent photo of the band has appeared online with the other four members (with Stevie Young replacing his uncle Malcolm on rhythm guitar) posing without Rudd.

AC/DC without their "mild-mannered" drummer. From L-R: Liff Williams (bass), Brian Johnson (vocals), Stevie Young (rhythm guitar) and Angus Young (lead guitar)

AC/DC without their “mild-mannered” drummer. From L-R: Cliff Williams (bass), Brian Johnson (vocals), Stevie Young (rhythm guitar) and Angus Young (lead guitar)

With this latest shock to hit the news, a wave of other “wild” allegations have surfaced about Rudd’s private life: expensive yachts, Ferraris, prostitutes etc…  Whether there is any real substance to these stories or they have just been sensationalized, that’s up for you to decide.  Regardless, the 60-year old drummer, who has played on most of AC/DC’s albums is not out of the media spotlight just yet, but here’s hoping the murder allegations are false and that he gets back to his band-mates when they hit the road to promote their upcoming album!

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