AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged in Crazy Murder Plot

Drummer Phil Rudd, from the legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has been charged with plotting to murder two men in New Zealand, where the Australian musician owns a home. The news has come as a shock to both old fans of the band and the younger ones who are just discovering their music. As a respected member of one of those rare bands that has been together since the early '70s and continues to find success by touring and releasing albums, Rudd's alleged crimes don't make a lot of sense.

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Rudd was arrested at his home and charged with attempting to arrange a murder and threatening to kill. The 60-year-old was also charged with possession of methamphetamines and cannabis.

Police say he was in touch with a hit man, whom he allegedly planned to pay for the murder of two unidentified men in New Zealand. When he appeared in court, he chose not to enter a plea and was released on bail. He is expected to return to court in three weeks.

Rudd has always been a mysterious member of the band, which created hits like "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long" and is considered one of the highest grossing music acts of all time. He was fired from the band in the '80s and brought back in the '90s, but doesn't appear on the cover of AC/DC's upcoming album Rock or Bust and was also missing from their music video shoot.

Many fans have speculated that Rudd has already been fired from the band, though this has yet to be confirmed. From what it sounds like, Rudd was lucky to be arrested NOW, before he actually went through with any alleged murder plans he had.

It's sad to think a person can have much success and appear to have it all, but still be dealing with so many other issues and demons. This crazy story reminds us that fame doesn't make a person happier or more balanced.

Are you surprised to hear a member of a successful rock band would allegedly attempt to arrange a murder?

 

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