AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Drug and Murder Threats Charges

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The New Zealand Herald reports that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd entered a guilty plea to charges of methamphetamine and cannabis possession in a New Zealand court Tuesday morning (April 21). He also pled guilty to one charge of threatening to kill. A second threatening to kill charge was dropped.

Rudd reportedly remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea. He also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse.

Judge Robert Wolffe remanded Rudd on bail, with his existing bail conditions, until sentencing on June 26.

According to court documents, police found 71 grams of methamphetamine and 130 grams of marijuana during a November 6, 2014 raid on Rudd’s home, which was conducted after he was accused of threatening to kill an associate and his daughter during a phone call in September.

The New Zealand Herald also reported:

AC/DC are meanwhile set to play in New Zealand in December with their Rock or Bust World Tour, and Rudd has signaled that he wants his place in the band back.

“I’m going back to work with AC/DC, and I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t,” he told TVNZ in December.

“I want my job back, I want my reputation back and I’m gonna get it back. I’m gonna f**king take it back.”

Here is a post-trial interview with his attorney:

Skid Row Releases New Version of “18 and Life” With New Singer Tony Harnell

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As reported last week, Skid Row has split with their singer of the last 14 years, Johnny Solinger. Founding member Snake Sabo said, “We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best.” Co-founder Rachel Bolan added, “Sometimes things just end. People go in different directions and grow apart and you have to make a decision. He will always be our brother.”

The band wasted no time filling the slot, hiring TNT vocalist Tony Harnell. “Tony’s experience, power and undeniable range made our decision an easy one,” commented guitarist Scotti Hill. Drummer Rob Hammersmith added, “I believe this will be a great year for SKID ROW. I’m looking forward for things to come.”

The band is already trying to silence the critics by releasing a brand new version of “18 And Life”, recorded with new singer Harnell. Download the song for free at www.skidrow.com. Check it out and let us know what you think.

The band will head into the studio to record the third chapter of the United World Rebellion trilogy this summer. They will also hit the road for another world tour in support.


Twisted Sister Not Gonna Make It – Announces Tribute Concerts + Farewell Tour in 2016

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It was with heavy hearts that Twisted Sister said goodbye to their drummer A.J. Pero, who passed away on March 20.

On Tuesday, Twisted Sister members Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar), and Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (bass), have announced that world renowned drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs) is the replacement for their brother A.J. Pero for all shows this year.

To honor Pero’s memory, two shows will take place on the east coast and west coast. The first, on May 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be filmed for broadcast, DVD, and CD. The second, for the A.J. Pero family, is scheduled on Saturday, June 13 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

Additionally, fulfilling all concert obligations that have been made for the remainder of 2015 (in several different countries), Twisted Sister want their fans to know all festival dates that they have been advertised as playing will happen.

Finally, Twisted Sister has made it official that 2016 will formally close the touring chapter of their illustrious and legendary career. The “Forty and F*ck It” farewell shows celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary with the core line-up of Snider, French, Ojeda and Mendoza.