February 10, 2015

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will now stand trial beginning on April 21st in New Zealand’s Tauranga District Court, according to the AFP. Rudd was originally scheduled to go to trial this Tuesday (February 10th) but the date was moved after his lawyer unexpectedly quit the case by what was said to be mutual agreement.

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Rudd will face a “judge-alone” trial, meaning that he will go before just a single judge with no jury present.

Rudd was arrested last November at his home in Tauranga on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

A “not guilty” plea to the charges was entered by his lawyer in December. Rudd faces several years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Although Rudd played on the new AC/DC album, Rock Or Bust, he did not appear in photos or videos for the disc.

One-time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade officially joined the band’s lineup last week for its performance on Sunday night’s (February 8th) Grammy Awards telecast. Slade will also be behind the kit for the group’s upcoming world tour.