Phil Rudd Drug Conviction Overturned, Will Tour With AC/DC

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s drug conviction has been quashed by a New Zealand judge so that it won’t prevent him from touring the world with...

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s drug conviction has been quashed by a New Zealand judge so that it won’t prevent him from touring the world with AC/DC.

The AC/DC drummer was caught with 25 grams of marijuana in October 2010 following a police raid on his boat. His original conviction would have prevented him from entering countries such as Japan, the United States and Canada.

But on Thursday the conviction was struck from Rudd’s record because his offence was at the “lower end of the scale”. Rudd was discharged without conviction on the condition he pay $1,100 to cover the prosecution costs, reports Reuters.

Speaking outside of the courthouse following the decision, Rudd said he was “relieved”. While not disclosing exactly when the band would be back in the studio or on tour, the drummer stated that he will continue to make music “for as long as I’m still alive”.

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