In some unexpected news, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested in New Zealand for allegedly attempting to set up a couple murders. Rudd is the drummer on most of the band’s most famous (and now ironic in many cases) songs but was kicked out of the band in the mid-80s before being brought back a while later. I suppose the fact that this was in New Zealand makes the common parody lyric “dirty deeds done with sheep” even better.
On a more serious note, with Malcolm Young forced to retire for medical reasons and now this, one must wonder if AC/DC can even continue if this doesn’t turn out to be some huge misunderstanding. They still have three long-standing band members, though Brian Johnson was already a replacement for Bon Scott, but this is still something that might be hard for a band to bounce back from. The lineup at least isn’t as absurd as what currently bills itself as “Lynyrd Skynyrd” or the most recent iteration of Guns N’ Roses.
It’s now (Thursday night) being reported that the charges for procuring a murder have been dropped for lack of evidence, so it seems the authorities may have been overzealous in their actions. A few other much more minor charges remain, but nothing nearly as serious as this. After all the publicity yesterday, this sounds like it’ll end up being more embarrassing for the police than for Rudd.