AC/DC and Phil Rudd fans have much to celebrate with the news that after he was arrested, the Crown Solicitor of Tauranga, New Zealand, ruled to withdraw the charge of murder-for-hire due to “insufficient evidence.” The 60-year-old drummer was charged with attempting to procure murder of two people in New Zealand, and when his home was raided by police they also found illegal substances. The bust took place on Thursday morning last week, during which they found methamphetamine and cannabis. Luckily Rudd is no longer facing a murder-for-hire charge, but his other charges which include threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana remain.
Rudd’s the lawyer said, as quoted by abc.net.au:
“The decision to charge Mr Rudd was made by the New Zealand Police without consultation with the Tauranga Crown solicitor,” “Mr Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”
The legendary Rock group is set to release the follow-up album to 2008′s “Black Ice”. The new album entitled “Rock or Bust” will be released on December 2. AC/DC is also planning a tour, and they assured fans that Rudd’s legal problems will not affect their plans moving forward.