Phil Rudd the drummer from the Australian hard rock band AC/DC was arrested on Thursday for attempting to hire an assassin to kill two unidentified people. After the police raided his New Zealand home, it was reported that Rudd had both marijuana and methamphetamine secretly stashed in his residence. Currently, the names of the contract killer and targets have not been divulged to the public.
Update: The murder plot charge has been dropped today because of lack of evidence.
Rock stars are notorious for their excessive lifestyles, unpredictable behavior, nihilistic activity, over indulgence, scandal and sometimes for being talented. The media is no stranger to reporting about these world famous larger than life personas and personalities that have entertained the world for several generations.
Born in 1954 under the name Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevccuis, is a native of New Zealand. He began playing the drums during his early teen years. Then, in 1974 he had auditioned and was immediately hired to play with the now legendary hard rock act AC/DC. In 1983 Rudd left the group due to personal problems and internal conflicts with guitarist Malcolm Young only to rejoin the band ten years later in 1993.
Rudd had a previous run-in with the law in 2010, when he was charged with marijuana possession. The raid on the elderly rock stars home was a part of an investigation due to his attempt to hire a “hit-man”. During the officers search they had discovered marijuana and the powerful physcostimulant methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and widely abused illegal substance. Cases studies have shown that prolonged use of this mind altering drug can induce delusions, hallucinations and even psychosis. The methamphetamine addict is known to display erratic and volatile violent behavior, due to the drugs corrosive effect on the brains dopamine and serotonin neurons.
Numerous rock and roll icons from popular culture have been shocking audiences as far back as 1956 when Elvis Presley proactively shook his hips on the Milton Berel television show. John Lennon from the Beatles announced that “they (The Beatles) were bigger than Jesus”. Sid Vicious the bass guitarist of the 1970s punk rock group the Sex Pistols allegedly murdered his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
In December AC/DC is releasing a new album called “Rock or Bust” and have scheduled a tour to promote the records release. The band does not believe that this incident will have any serious effect on their plans.