AC/DC’s drummer Phil Rudd is a music legend, theres no doubt there, but unfortunately his dirty deeds caught up to him.
Drug Addiction and erratic behaviour is something probably every rock star has experienced, but Phil Rudd tok it too far when he tried to have someone killed…
But before we dive into the interesting part, this wasn’t the first time Phil has found himself in handcuffs. On December 1st of 2010, he was convicted of drug possession after being found with 25 g of marijuana on his boat in Tauranga, New Zealand. However, that conviction was dropped because it would have stopped him from continuing a World Tour with AC/DC.
Ok, now the interesting part. On November 6th, 2014 he was arrested and charged with attempting to have someone murdered, threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis, after police raided his home. He admitted to having asked an associate to have to victim “taken out” and was reportedly going to pay him in cash, vehicles and a house. He also mentioned having threatened the victim directly. The raid of his house also allegedly found 0.478 grams of methamphetamine and 91 grams of cannabis.
Later, on April 21, 2015 he pleaded guilty to all but the two threatening to kill charges which were dropped, and he was sentenced to 8 months home detention and had to pay 120,000 dollars to New Zealand for reparation.
AC/DC had to move on without Phil, in an interview, Angus Young said, “Phil created his own situation. It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.” And then in May of 2015, it was reported that Phil originally hoped to rejoin the band, but after having no contact with them said, “I’m sure they’re having a great old time… I’ve seen the error of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.”
In an interview in 2016, Phil said that he was seeing a psychiatrist weekly and had given up the “crazy shit”. He also revealed that he was planning to go on tour in Europe to promote his sole album “Head Job”
But you can just imagine that this was Rudds internal monologue during 2014-2015: “He’s givin’ you the blues, You wanna graduate but not ‘is bad, Here’s what you gotta do. Pick up the phone, I’m always home. Call me any time, Just ring 36 24 36 hey, I lead a life of crime!”
Also: The sales of “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” soared when all this was announced… LOL