Phil Rudd’s family say AC/DC drummer ‘wouldn’t harm anyone’

A neighbour described Rudd as 'very chatty' but 'pretty private'

The family of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have described the Australian musician as “a good guy” who “wouldn’t harm anyone”, following his recent arrest for drug charges and threats to kill.

Rudd was originally arrested for allegedly arranging a murder plot, but that charge was since dropped due to a lack of evidence.

The drummer will still face charges of making threats to kill and for possession of the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis.

“All I will say is that my dad is a good guy. He’s not perfect but wouldn’t harm anyone,” his son Thomas Rudd told the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, a neighbour of Rudd added: “He’s a good neighbour… he’s a pretty nice guy. He’s very chatty and friendly. But he’s pretty private. We don’t see or hear anything [from his house].”

Rudd is due to appear in court again on November 27. He could receive up to a seven-year prison sentence if convicted of making threats to kill.

Last week, the other members of AC/DC released a joint statement about Rudd’s arrest, and insisted that it will not have any impact on the plans for their forthcoming album ‘Rock Or Bust’. “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking,” they said. “We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album ‘Rock Or Bust’ and upcoming tour next year.”

Rudd rejoined AC/DC in 1994, 11 years after he was forced out of the band in 1983. AC/DC are set to release ‘Rock Or Bust’, their first LP in six years, next month (December).

Last month, it was confirmed that guitarist Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia and will not appear on the new album. ‘Rock Or Bust’ will be the first in the group’s 41-year history not to feature the founder member.