Phil Rudd will face trial in February judge rules

Phil Rudd in court

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will stand trial next year on charges of threatening to kill four people and possession of drugs, a New Zealand judge has ruled.

Rudd wasn’t present at the court hearing in Tauranga where a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. It is likely that he will face a judge-only trial with no separate jury. Judge Tom Ingram said that a ruling will be made in February.

Rudd’s status as part of AC/DC remains in doubt, with his bandmates insisting that they will tour next year regardless of the outcome of the trial. Frontman Brian Johnson said recently: “I don’t think we have to do anything – fire him or anything. I think the situation is going to take care of itself.”

Rudd was recently replaced by Bob Richards of blues rockers Buck and Evans for two video shoots in London. AC/DC released their latest album, Rock Or Bust, yesterday.

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Doctor acquitted of Slipknot bassist’s death

Paul Gray Slipknot
Photo Credit: Des Moines Register

Dr. Daniel Baldi has been acquitted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, including one charge involving the death of Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray.

Rolling Stone reports, via The Des Moines Register, that the jury deliberated for two days at the close of the trial, eventually deciding that the prosecution had failed to prove that Baldi had acted recklessly, or prescribed drugs that knowingly lead to his patients’ deaths.

Paul Gray’s widow, Brenna, was a witness at the trial in April, and claimed that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax to her husband while knowing that Gray had a history of abusing it. She also said that Baldi reduced Gray’s Xanax dosage in the months leading up to his death of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl in May 2010.

Since the bassist’s death, members of Slipknot have worked on solo albums, but have not recorded another album as a band. It was announced in February, however, that the remaining members have entered the studio to record together.

Frontman Corey Taylor says of the new material: “I can say that, to me – and this is only my opinion – it’s a cross between [2001’s] Iowa and [2004’s] Volume 3, but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think the fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”

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