Rudd, 60, was due to appear in a Tauranga, New Zealand courtroom next Tuesday (February 10), three months after was arrested at his Tauranga home on charges of threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and meth. He is currently out on bail.
The drummer was granted an adjournment after Paul Mabey withdrew as Rudd‘s counsel and was replaced by Craig Tuck.
“It’s just a professional decision that we have made,” Mabey said.
Rudd is now scheduled to reappear in court in April.
Rudd missed the video shoot for the first two singles off the new AC/DC album, “Rock Or Bust”, at the end of October. The band was forced to use drummer Bob Richards as a replacement. Rudd also did not appear in the photo shoot for the new disc.
Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade is rumored to be performing with the band at this weekend’s Grammy Awards, which will mark the first time the veteran group has ever performed at an American awards show and on prime time national television. They appeared on “Saturday Night Live” in 2000.
Rudd recently told a New Zealand TV station, “I’m going back to work with AC/DC. I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t.”
AC/DC will launch a world tour in support of “Rock Or Bust”, which arrived in December, later this year. The band will headline California’s Coachella festival in April.