AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, 60, has been charged in New Zealand on Thursday (November 6) in a bizarre case in which prosecutors claim that the longtime member of the "Highway To Hell" band allegedly hired a hitman to kill two unidentified men.
Rudd (born Phillip Witschke), who was busted for marijuana possession in 2010 in New Zealand, is also facing a charge of threatening to kill, as well as charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Rudd entered no plea to the charges, according to CNN and was let out on bail until November 27 and was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly hired.
Rudd, an original member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hard rock group, moved to New Zealand in 1983 after being fired by the band; he rejoined the group in 1994 and is featured on their upcoming album, Rock or Bust, due out on December 2. AC/DC were expected to tour in support of the album, in what would have been their first outing without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who recently revealed that he is suffering from dementia.
Fans were shocked by the news, though many also took the time to make pun-y jokes about the alleged plot.