AC/DC Drummer Charged in Murder Plot

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Police raided the drummer's house Thursday

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with trying to arrange a murder, The BBC reports.

The charges against the 60-year-old, whose house in New Zealand was raided on Thursday morning , include attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

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He is currently out on bail.

Last month, AC/DC released "Play Ball," the first single from their upcoming Rock or Bust album, due Dec. 2 in the U.S. Rudd was kicked out of the band in 1983 but returned in 1994. Rudd was curiously missing from recent band publicity photos and was a no-show at their Oct. 3 video shoot for "Play Ball."

AC/DC has also made recent headlines after guitarist Malcolm Young, brother of frontman Angus Young, was diagnosed with dementia and had to exit the band.

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Nov. 5, 9:23 p.m. Updated with bail information.