Earlier this year, the iconic Australian rock band’s co-founder and guitarist Malcom Young bowed out of the legendary band due to dementia. This week, drummer Phil Rudd was arrested and charged in New Zealand with attempting to orchestrate the murder of two people. Prosecutors dropped the murder-for-hire charges on Friday, saying there wasn't enough evidence to proceed.
The band issued a brief statement regarding Rudd’s arrest on its Facebook page, which read: “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.”
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