Phil Rudd, has had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand. The drummer now only faces charges of possessing drugs and of making threats to kill. Lack of evidence has meant that the far more serious charges against him could not be brought.

The drummer in the band- who are one of the top ten biggest bands of all time appeared in court after a police raid on his waterfront house in Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island.

It’a been a fraught year for the group with their founder member and engine room guitar player marcom Young having to announce his retirement due to ill health in the build up to the the release of the first new album for years and an upcoming world tour.

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