AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Four Days From Court Appearance
Daily Mail has posted new photos of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd playing guitar outside his New Zealand home earlier today (Sunday, November 23) — just four days before he is scheduled to appear in court.
According to the tabloid, The 60-year-old Rudd was seen “larking around with a mate,” playing guitar and chatting with neighbours.
Rudd was arrested on November 6 and charged with attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana. Although the first charge was dropped, he still faces seven years behind bars for the others.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young spoke with Australia’s Triple M radio, saying that the drummer is “in a strange place and a strange situation.”
He continued: “We had a few problems [with Phil] ourselves before he got into this situation, because there was a lot of strange behavior going on, which I guess you could put it down to him not showing up for a lot of what we were doing. When you have to get to a stage when you’ve gotta convince someone to be there, it wears thin after a while. But it’s something we got to resolve. It is a bit of a question mark.”
Young recently told Rolling Stone magazine about Rudd’s current legal troubles: “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.”
AC/DC issued a statement on Rudd’s arrest, saying that this absence will not affect the December 2 release of the band’s new album, “Rock Or Bust”, and the group’s upcoming tour.