AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is keeping a stiff upper lip after having his trial delayed after he and his lawyer had what they called an amicable parting. Rudd has already retained the services of New Zealand entertainment lawyer Craig Tuck. His original court date was set for February 10th and is now being pushed back to April. His return to court will find him standing trial for attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill along with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Rudd’s current legal woes got off to a rocky start when he showed up late for a bail hearing and was reported to have been behaving strangely. Former lawyer Paul Mabey filed not guilty pleas for Rudd.
This is putting a dent in his future with the band, as AC/DC is set to launch their upcoming tour in May. Despite the fact the band’s only U.S date is at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California, it will be one of their largest yet, with the band taking the stage in massive outdoor stadiums throughout the rest of the world. The tour winds down in Warsaw, Poland on July 25th. Despite the band’s excitement to hit cities they have yet to play, guitarist Angus Young voiced in interviews that Rudd put the band in a tough spot, though they hope for Rudd to sort himself out. The band had problems with Rudd during the sessions for their latest album Rock or Bust, which the band will be touring to support without Rudd.
However, there has been no confirmation if his replacement will be one of the band’s other former drummers Chris Slade or Simon Wright. Wright is the busier of the two as he currently plays with former Queensÿrche singer Geoff Tate. Chris Slade had a six year stint with the band Asia, after leaving AC/DC and now plays in an AC/DC tribute band called Chris Slade’s Steel Circle. Rudd, who released a solo album in 2014 titled Head Job, has gone on the record saying his charges are ridiculous and he wants to get back on the drum throne for AC/DC’s looming tour, which has now become even more unlikely.