AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has said that he wants his job and reputation back as he continues to face criminal charges in a New Zealand court.
Rudd, 60, is before the court on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, all of which he denies.
The drummer, who played on recording sessions for AC/DC’s latest album, ‘Rock Or Bust’, which went to Number One in Australia upon its release, hasn’t been able to promote the record while facing the charges. He told New Zealand’s One News: “I’m going back to work with AC/DC and I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t. I want my job back and I want my reputation back.”
Rudd was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men, but the charge was dropped due to a lack of evidence. It is claimed that on September 26, Rudd made two phone calls including one where he “threatened to kill an unnamed man and his daughter”. The first call was to a business associate where he is alleged to have “spoke about what he wanted done to” the man, who had been an employee for three years.
After the alleged threats were made, police raided Rudd’s home on November 6 where they found 130g (4.6 ounces) of marijuana and 0.7g of methamphetamine.
Last month, Rudd’s AC/DC band mates Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young both addressed the problem their band is facing. While Young said that the band have yet to “resolve” whether Rudd is still a member of AC/DC, Johnson suggested Rudd would not performing on the 2015 tour.
“I don’t think we need to do any firing,” he said. “The situation will take care of itself. He has gotten himself into a pickle. There is nothing we can do about it. We are talking about criminal charges here. We are talking about judges, we are talking about juries. We are going to go on tour. Nothing is going to stop us.”
The threatening-to-kill case against Rudd is due back in Tauranga district court on 10 February, when a date for the trial is likely to be set.
AC/DC’s first LP in six years, ‘Rock Or Bust’, was released this month. The band will be touring the UK and Ireland in 2015, including dates at Wembley Stadium, Glasgow’s Hampden Park, and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.