AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months home detention following a court case in New Zealand.
The drummer made headlines earlier this year following his arrest on charges of drug possession and making threats to murder. In a court hearing in Tauranga District Court on New Zealand's North Island yesterday (July 9th) Judge Ingram handed the drummer a sentence of eight months home detention.
The drummer faces 24-hour monitory, and - if he breaches these conditions - could yet face time in jail. Judge Ingram told the court: "I stone cold guarantee that’s where you’ll end up. I’m not your headmaster, I’m not your father, I’m a judge."
The case followed the disastrous launch of Phil Rudd's solo album 'Head Job'. Speaking to Australian television program A Current Affair recently, Rudd said: "I was pretty stressed at the time. I got back (to Australia) and the people who I had working for me for this (album) launch – it was a total fucking disaster. So I was really pissed off."
Rudd added: "I've seen the errors of my ways... It's onward and upward from here."
On a recent batch of European shows AC/DC opted to replace Phil Rudd with former drummer Chris Slade. Rudd explained: "I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus (Young, guitarist)... I've had no contact with anybody. I'm very disappointed... But, you know, that's life. I'm sure they're having a great old time I'm sure they're really enjoying playing. I'm sure it really sounds great."
The drummer admitted that there would, however, be further live engagements. "There'll be another tour and another and I'll be on it. It'll go until we all die," he said. "We'll probably all have to be dead before it stops."