philrudd400 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed.

He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder. According to the The Guardian, Rudd was also charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Rudd, 60, dressed in jeans and a grey sweater, said nothing during his short stint in the dock of the court, before being released on bail.

He entered no plea to the charges and will reappear in court in three weeks.

Media applied for permission to film and photograph Rudd in the dock.

His lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms argued against that saying the media just wanted to get photos of Rudd “at his worst.”

But Judge Bidois allowed filming of Rudd.

One of the alleged victims told Fairfax this afternoon he didn’t want to comment before speaking to his lawyer. He was with his children and not in a position to speak.

Rudd had been in custody since 7am when his house was raided by police.

In releasing Rudd on bail he ordered that he should have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire to carry out the murder.

According to the charges laid by police, Rudd had tried to get two men killed between the dates of September 25th and 26th – their names and that of the intended hitman were all suppressed by the judge.

Rudd was driven from court by a blonde woman in a silver Mercedes Kompressor convertible.

He refused to talk to gathered media.

Rudd’s arrest comes after police raided the drummer’s home on the Tauranga waterfront at Matua this morning.

He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Michael Browning, AC/DC’s former manager, told the Daily Mail the situation was a “bit of a shock.”

Rudd is the only Australian-born member of the AC/DC band. In 2003, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of AC/DC.

Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983 after he was kicked out of the band

He re-joined the band in 1994 and has since been in and out of New Zealand while touring and recording.

He also opened a restaurant in Tauranga which attracted publicity when a group of staff took a case to the Employment Relations Authority.

AC/DC has a new album, Rock or Bust, due out on December 2nd.

The band has sold more than 200 million albums, feature at or near the top of highest grossing tour lists whenever they play live and were the standard bearers for Australian music years before the likes of INXS, Kylie Minogue or 5 Seconds of Summer.

The sound of pub rock, the defining mainstream sound of Australian music in the 1970s and ’80s, could be said to have emerged from the stages, and the studios AC/DC inhabited.

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  • Starchild is a piece of s*** on

    Who was told he does meth ?
    He was caught w/ meth . Maybe he only deals it .. Who knows
    I would assume you guys are going by what his pic looked like ;
    bags under eyes = poor nights sleep
    the rest of the physical appearance could = loss of weight over this the last couple months because the setup all went wrong for him and he knew he was gonna get caught…..( but if he knew he might get caught why would he have drugs stashed at his house ? )

    Or maybe he has been doing meth…..
    Either way , it sounds like the hired hitman dosent want to confess so the court may have to drop the case..

    Simon and Chris never had the ac/dc sound perfected if you ask me but thats my opinion.
    I’ve seen all the tours since 81

    • NObama on

      Do you work for the DNC or NAACP? You’re pretty good at spin doctoring.

    • Bubbles on

      I cannot believe that is your birthname. Crazy if it is-LOL

  • Doug R. on

    Stunned, shocked, just hope none of these allegations are true.

  • Mike Anderson on

    Lets not forget “Guns for Hire” on Flick of the Switch!

  • Lee on

    Starchild must work for the AC/DC public relations firm. That’s the meth look…..sunken face and destroyed. “Family emergency”? Hired killers are hired to eliminate witnesses or get what they want. Rudd was up to his neck in something evil.

    • RICHMAN II on

      You are so right. Rumor has it that he was in negotiations to star in AC/DC MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK.

  • Doug on

    Man, he looks terrible!

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