AC/DC’s Rudd charged for alleged breach of home detention rules

July 20, 2015

Phil Rudd, AC/DC’s former drummer, was released on bail after he was charged in a New Zealand court on Monday (July 20) for drinking alcohol; which breaches the conditions of his home detention.


Rudd, 61, was arrested on Saturday (July 8) and had been held in custody until Monday’s appearance. He entered no plea to the charge but was ordered to reappear in two weeks, and to undergo drug and alcohol testing when required.

The charges came just 10 days after Rudd was sentenced to eight months home detention for threatening to kill and drug possession arising from incidents last November.

Rudd, who is appealing his conviction and sentence, can’t leave his large waterfront home in Tauranga, about 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Auckland, without permission.

He is also monitored electronically and has been warned that any breach of the conditions of his home detention might see him sent to prison.

AC/DC has replaced Rudd for its current world tour, which includes two concerts in New Zealand at the end of the year.