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Friday November 7



AC/DC Phil Rudd: Murder For Hire Charge Dropped

An attorney for AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that the charges for attempting to procure the murder of two men has been dropped by authorities in New Zealand, but the rocker still faces other charges. Rudd attorney, Paul Mabey QC, issued a press release that said, 'I was advised by the (Tauranga) Crown Solicitor, (Greg) Hollister-Jones, that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge.' The drummer was taken into custody after a raid at his Tauranga area home and was later released on bail. Rudd will still face charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill. A spokesperson for Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones confirmed to Sky News Australia that the attempted procurement of murder charge has been dropped. Mabey told Stuff.co.nz that Rudd will fight the threatening to kill charge and he also said that the drug possession charges were "minor". Mabey also told the news outlet that that "the decision to charge Mr Rudd was made by the New Zealand Police without consultation with the Tauranga Crown solicitor." The attorney added, "Mr Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified." Before this dramatic change in events, AC/DC issued a statement Thursday addressing Rudd's arrest and assuring fans that it would not disrupt their upcoming album release and tour plans. The band wrote on their Facebook page, "We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year."

Read more: Friday November 7

Thursday November 6



AC/DC's Phil Rudd Arrested For Murder For Hire Plot

Updated: Big news in New Zealand as AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested for attempting to procure the murder of two men and drug charges, according to Stuff.co.nz. The police launched an early morning raid of Rudd's home in Tauranga and was taken into custody. In addition to charge for attempting to procure the murder of two men, he was also reportedly charged with threatening to kill, as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis after the police found the substances during the raid. The 60-year-old drummer entered no plea when he made an appearance in the Tauranga District Court and was later released on bail. He is scheduled to be back in court in three weeks. Classic Rock reports that the alleged offensives reportedly took place back on September 25th and 26th. The name of the two targets of the suspected murder for hire plot and the alleged hit man were reportedly named by police investigators but Judge Louis Bidois suppressed their identities. This news comes as Rudd was noticeably absent from AC/DC's recent video shoot and from a publicity photo. The band was filming promotional clips for songs from their forthcoming album "Rock or Bust," the group's first album without founding member Malcolm Young who retired from the group after being diagnosed with dementia.

Read more: Thursday November 6

Wednesday November 5



AC/DC Album Launch Event Announced

(hennemusic) AC/DC will launch their new album, "Rock Or Bust", with a listening party for fans at The Rock in Sydney, Australia on November 23. "Rock Or Bust" will be issued in North American on December 2. The Daily Advertiser reports Sony Music and Alberts will host the worldwide launch of AC\DC's 16th studio album at The Rock's market day at noon on the 23rd. While the band will not be in attendance at the launch, the event provides those in attendance the chance to be the first in the world to listen to the new album ahead of its release in Australia on November 28.

Read more: Wednesday November 5

Tuesday November 4



Queen Streaming Unreleased Freddie Mercury Song

(hennemusic) Queen are premiering an unreleased song, "Let Me In Your Heart Again (William Orbit Mix)" featuring the late Freddie Mercury, as part of a new AIDS awareness campaign spearheaded by Coca-Cola and (RED). Starting November 3rd through World AIDS Day on December 1st, Coca-Cola, in partnership with (RED) - the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver - is focused on a global campaign called "Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation." An array of artists including Queen, Bono, Aloe Blacc, OneRepublic, Avicii and Wyclef Jean are lending their voices, offering special experiences and unreleased songs that will help rally and engage the world to take action and donate to (RED). "It's been 23 years since the world lost our beloved Freddie Mercury," says Queen guitarist Brian May. "We've made extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS in that time. But we cannot simply rest on the fact that the treatment is available. We must ensure that it is provided. Roger and I are proud to lend this rediscovered song to the (Coca-Cola) RED campaign, in the hope that Freddie's powerful voice can inspire the world yet again."

Read more: Tuesday November 4

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