AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Sentenced to Eight Months of Home Detention
Don’t look for Phil Rudd to be reclaiming his seat behind AC/DC‘s drum kit anytime soon. According to New Zealand’s Stuff, the rocker was sentenced by the Tauranga District Court on Thursday (July 9) to eight months of home detention relating to charges of drug possession and threatening to kill.
Rudd was on hand for the sentencing, having pled guilty to possession of cannabis and methamphetamine and one charge making a threat to kill. The judge told the drummer that he would go to prison if he breached terms of the sentencing. “I stone cold guarantee that’s where you’ll end up,” said Judge Thomas Ingram. “I’m not your headmaster, I’m not your father. I’m a judge.” Rudd will serve out his time at his Tauranga waterfront mansion.
Prior to the ruling, the court was told that the drummer’s actions were the result of his methamphetamine psychosis brought on by his addiction to the drug. Affidavits issued also suggested that the musician would lose millions of dollars if he were convicted and not able to tour. However, the judge stated that there was no evidence of an offer to return to the band and he added, “Queen replaced Freddie Mercury.”
As a recap, Rudd was arrested and charged with the drug offenses and attempting to “procure a murder” last November. The latter charged was dropped almost immediately, but a charge of threatening to kill remained. During the court proceedings, Rudd was heard making a call to an associate asking him to “take out” a former security guard turned personal assistant after becoming angry over the sales of his solo album. Rudd eventually pled guilty to the drug possession and threatening to kill charges in April.
With Rudd’s status up in the air, AC/DC invited former drummer Chris Slade to rejoin them at the Grammy Awards earlier this year and the musician has remained behind the kit during their world tour. In May, Rudd stated that he had reached out to his AC/DC bandmates but they were not talking to him.
From Loudwire article
Malcolm Young Will Not Return to AC/DC, Says Band Biographer
Jesse Fink, author of the new book The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, stated in an interview with WZLX that Malcolm Young will not be returning to the legendary hard-rock outfit.
Malcolm’s nephew, Stevie Young, has taken Malcolm’s place in the band for the time being, with Fink adding that fans need to accept Malcolm’s departure as permanent.
Young fell ill with an unspecified condition in April. The band, in an effort to respect his privacy, have not specified what condition he is suffering from, merely saying he is “taking a break from the band due to ill health.”
When pressed for specifics during the interview, Fink also refused to elaborate, saying, “I’m not expecting to see Malcolm return. The important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. We should all expect that Stevie is in the band now.”
Repost of Guitar World article.
Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC have released the following statement:
“After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
“In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”
As previously reported, a musician who says he has been friends with AC/DC for “years” has corroborated reports that Malcolm Young is no longer able to perform with the band due to illness. Mark Gable, lead singer with the CHOIRBOYS, told ABC Radio Australia, “From what I understand, and it’s even been confirmed in part by his son Ross… It would appear Malcolm is unable to perform anymore. It’s not just that he is unwell, it’s that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won’t be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record.”
Australian journalist Darryl Mason wrote that Malcolm suffered a stroke last month. According to The Age, a source who knows the Young family has said that Malcolm’s condition has deteriorated so badly that his wife Linda and family were investigating full-time care for the guitarist. It is believed that Malcolm is currently having in-home care at his home in the Sydney area. He is said to be having difficulty remembering familiar faces and having increasing problems communicating.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has shot down reports that the band is retiring, telling U.K.’s Telegraph that the band is about to begin work on its 16th studio album. “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” he said. “We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we’ll record it.”
While the members of AC/DC are notoriously private, Johnson did reveal in a 2012 interview and in a February 2014 one that an unnamed member of the group had been ill — but whether that was Malcolm remains unclear.
Asked about the prospect of retiring one day, Johnson told The Pulse Of Radio that he would know when the time had come. “You know, retirement is like anything,” he said. “A good football or a good ice hockey player, they don’t want to retire. But unfortunately, sometimes there’s a time when you have to call it quits. I don’t want to do it, and if we can get out another album and do another little short tour or something, and have a bit of fun, well. I’m your man. I’ll be right there.”
AC/DC’s last album was 2008’s “Black Ice”, one of the group’s most successful later albums, which was followed by a nearly two-year world tour.
Brian Johnson of AC/DC fame turns 64 today!
Have a drink on HIM! :)