philrudd400 Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months of home detention after pleading guilty to threatening to kill a former employee. Rudd was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The 61-year-old faced up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge at Tauranga District Court on New Zealand’s North Island. Rudd was arrested last November, after an angry incident related to the handling of an August 2014 launch of his first-ever solo album.

Rudd pleaded guilty in April, admitting that he’d asked an associate to have the victim “taken out” in exchange for cash, vehicles and a home. He also acknowledged directly threatening the victim. A subsequent search of Rudd’s apartment on Nov. 6 then reportedly turned up 0.478 grams of methamphetamine and 91 grams of cannabis, according to multiple published reports.
Rudd complicated matters with a pair of violent incidents which ultimately found the drummer in handcuffs yet again. He was reprimanded in court for breaching the terms of his bail, reportedly by making contact with a witness. Rudd’s lawyer also abruptly withdrew from the case.

Ultimately, as this sordid story has played out, AC/DC was forced to move on. Their well-received new album, Rock or Bust, was released within days of Rudd’s original guilty plea. AC/DC then brought back former drummer Chris Slade to fill in on subsequent tour dates.


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  • James K. on

    I hope Phil learns from this so he can stay out of trouble and eventually get back behind that drum kit.

  • Medved on

    Eight months to chill in the comforts of your own home instead of a 7×7 foot cell made of concrete and bars? And I thought only American justice was a joke!

  • elliot goldberg on

    “for those who want to rock…stay home”

  • jeffrey heffernan on

    another case of the rich getting away with ,what ever the hell they want,i love ac/dc ,but really this old drunk,does what he did,and he gets to stay home in his mansion,really,lets some poor joker that works in a car wash there try that and see what they get, it might be a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll,but once you get there,it seems to be pretty goddamm good!!!!!!

  • mike monet on

    Chris Slade is way better and who needs the drama anyway. So much for your solo album as well. Enjoy your life as it is. All that is left of your music career are a few articles about your legal issues and an obituary someday mentioning that you were in a great band.

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