Phil Rudd’s Next Court Date Set for April 21
It's taken some time for the dust to settle, but now it looks like we know who will be behind the drum kit for AC/DC's upcoming world tour -- and it won't be Phil Rudd, whose next date with a New Zealand judge has been set for April 21.
Following a recent report regarding a delay in Rudd's defense against charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill, Yahoo! adds that the proceedings will commence as a "judge-alone trial" -- which is pretty much what it sounds like, and customary for certain types of offenses under New Zealand law.
Rudd, who was forced to find a new attorney after his previous lawyer resigned, has made it clear that he intends to return to the AC/DC lineup once his legal troubles are behind him, but it looks like he may not have a choice in the matter.
As was heavily rumored, drummer Chris Slade -- who served with the band during part of Rudd's 1983-94 absence -- returned for their performance at the Grammys last night and he'll reportedly remain on board for the tour behind their latest album, 'Rock or Bust.'
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