AC/DC drummer late for court

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AC/DC. Photo by CJ Sorg. Creative Commons.

A judge threatened to issue an arrest warrant after AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd rocked up late for court today.

“The only information I can give you, is he is not here,” Rudd’s lawyer Phil Mabey QC said. “I have spoken to him today, he knows to be here. I cannot take it any further.”

Rudd, 60, turned up a few minutes later wearing a black t-shirt and jeans.

He has been charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis after a raid on his harbourside home in Tauranga.

The judge remanded him on existing bail conditions until December 2.

Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983 amidst rumours he had been kicked out of the group. Reports also claimed he left because of the death of lead singer Bon Scott.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

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

AC/DC will release a new album on December 2, which coincides with Rudd’s next court appearance.

Photo by CJ Sorg

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