Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has lost an appeal against his sentence after being convicted of both threatening to kill and drug possession earlier this year. He was sentenced to eight months under house arrest and a fine of NZ$120,000 (approx £50,000) but had argued that the sentence was “manifestly excessive” not least as it could prevent him from rejoining AC/DC – both because the band were already touring and he could not join the and te conviction could cause issues getting visas. His lawyer Craig Tuck, said his client was basically only guilty of making an angry phone call to an employee following the commercial failure of his 2014 debut solo album Head Job. However the New Zealand High Court noted that, despite Rudd’s desire to work with the band again, there was no sign that his former bandmates felt the same.
Justice Raynor Asher told the court: “First, the band would have to want him to play with them. Second, the convictions would have to operate as a barrier to him travelling with them on tour. Neither are certain. [And] it is far from clear that at the time when the offending took place there was any place in the band available to Mr Rudd, given his drug addiction and state of mind”. Guitarist Angus Young had said Rudd was ‘unreliable’.
Rudd is due back in court for another hearing on separate accusations that he breached the rules of his home detention in July, for which he has already spent one night in jail.
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/oct/06/ac-dc-drummer-phil-rudd-loses-appeals-against-convictions and http://ultimateclassicrock.com/phil-rudd-loses-appeal/