News of the weird does not necessarily always involve quirky physical locations or some sort of unnatural phenomena. Sometimes it is just the product of the human condition which makes us scratch our head and wonder why. It would appear that some people just never learn….
Bad boy AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, is back in the news, and missing a tour with the acclaimed Australian rock band. After a Saturday night arrest on New Zealand’s North Island, he was released on bail early Monday morning. His arrest stemmed from a violation of his home detention—allegedly possessing and consuming alcohol.
In November of 2014, Rudd was charged with attempting to procure a murder. The drummer pled guilty for threatening to kill a former employee (the victim’s name suppressed by the court) and admitted to offering an ‘associate’ not only $200,000, but also a motorbike and one of his cars or a house, to “take-out” the victim. To make matters worse, Rudd was found to possess marijuana and methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.
The saga began in August of 2014 after Rudd fired several employees (including the proposed murder victim) during a party after a disappointing release of his solo album, “Head Job.” For reasons known only to Rudd, he focused upon this particular person as a major cause to his woes, striking a deal to eliminate the problem and even calling the victim, stating—“I’m going to come over and kill you!” Was this person a major player in the production of his album? Why just threaten to kill this person and not the others? As an artist isn’t it up to them to take personal responsibility for the success or failure of their product?
The musician was sentenced to eight months of home monitoring on July 9, 2015. He didn’t even make it to the end of July before hitting the headlines once again. Conditions of his release on bond Monday stipulates random alcohol and drug testing at the police’s discretion. Rudd readily agreed and walked out of the courthouse, extending a middle finger to the gathered journalists. That Phil!
Australian rock band AC/DC formed in 1973 and has been a major player ever since, with a fan base that extends across the world. Their musical renditions range in different categories: rock, blues, heavy metal, and all points in between. Phil Rudd, in his capacity as drummer, has had an on and off relationship with the band for over four decades. While not the original drummer in its origination, Rudd took to the stool in 1974. He was fired in 1983 over his problems with drugs and alcohol. He returned in 1994 and has been a somewhat common fixture since. However, his current relationship with the band has not been without problems—missing video and photo shoots. And then all this….
Founding member and guitarist, Angus Young, states that current events and Rudd’s situation has taken the band by surprise. Will Phil Rudd continue with AC/DC? Young comments, “So, at this stage, it’s a pretty tough call for us. He’s got to sort think himself out I think” The band is currently using former member, Welsh drummer Chris Slade, for its “Rock or Bust” tour. There’s no word if it is a permanent arrangement.
Rock drummers seem to be known for their excesses. Some turn fatal. Think of 70s icons John Bonham and legendary drummer Keith Moon. As a product of the 1970s, hopefully Phil Rudd will not join their ranks. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, a stint in prison or turning his life around, his placement in the annuals of rock n roll will reflect the choices he makes in the future. Choose wisely!
Phil Rudd has a court date of August 3, 2015. It will be on that day he will find out which direction his journey will take.
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