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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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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.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
Nov. 5, 9:23 p.m. Updated with bail information.
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