60-year-old AC/DC drummer Phill Rudd has been absent from the filming of the band’s latest videos and a promotional photo session, apparently because he had a family emergency to attend to; a police raid on his home in New Zealand, resulted in Rudd being charged attempting to procure murder…It now seems certain that there was significantly more than just a family emergency!
The photos and headlines of Rudd going to court in Tauranga were simply jaw-dropping, he didn’t look anything like a a man who’d made millions from playing rock’n’roll and who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over a decade ago.
No matter what the veredict on his court case is, music critics say Rudd has no future with the band anymore, for Rudd it must be a harsh flash back from when he was kicked out of the band in 1983 owing to personal problems.
According to Rolling Stone Mag, Rudd who was arrested Thursday morning in New Zeland, appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon local time and was released on bail. The longtime drummer is facing up to 10 years in prison on the murder-for-hire charge if convicted.
After Phil left the band in 1983 he moved to Tauranga, he rejoined AC/DC in 1994 and has been a permanent member ever since.
The band issued a statement saying Rudd’s case will not affect the release of new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year, their first album in six-years. The album comes out on December 2nd, and in the midst of the band’s major shadow with Rudd’s absence and guitarist Malcolm Young, who left the band earlier this year due to dementia.
According to Wikipedia, Phil Rudd is the father of six-children, three boys and three girls, including Tommy Rudd pictured below with his father back in the day and also a more recent photo of Tommy. He is apparently divorced from Lisa O’brian but we cant confirm if Lisa is the mother of his children.
Rudd’s other children are sons Jack and Steven and daughters Milla, Tuesday and Lucia Rudd. Milla is pictured below with her father and also next to that is Tuesday Rudd.
His son Thomas Rudd, is in a relationship with Gillien Brown and the couple have an adorable little girl together, that would make Phil Rudd a grandfather.
We can’t confirm if the drummer, father and grandfather is currently married or in a romantic relationship.
He is due back for his next hearing on November 27th.