AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's bail amended

BACK IN CUFFS: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is taken away in a police car after an incident in Gate Pa.
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BACK IN CUFFS: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is taken away in a police car after an incident in Gate Pa.

Bail conditions for AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have been tightened to include not taking illegal drugs. 

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court this afternoon for breaching bail. 

Crown prosecutor Greg Hollister-Jones said it was a serious breach because it involved interfering with a witness. 

Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck said his client acknowledged the breach, which involved Rudd running into a witness who happened to be in a shop at the same time. 

Judge Paul Geoghegan tightened Rudd's bail conditions to restrict him from taking illegal drugs and remanded the rocker until February 10.

Before the hearing, a witness said that today's incident happened outside Columbus coffee shop in the Gate Pa shopping centre

Staff said Rudd was involved in a dispute with a "huge guy". 

"He (Rudd) was all up in the guy's face," a waitress said.

The man pushed Rudd in the chest.

"He fell backwards over our sign and landed in the cafe. There was food and stuff everywhere," another worker said.

At that point Rudd "went nuts".

"It was a pretty eventful morning."

Rudd is already facing charges of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

On Tuesday, Rudd's appearance in the Tauranga District Court was excused and lawyer Paul Mabey finalised Rudd's not-guilty pleas to charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine.

Mabey had earlier filed the not-guilty plea notice administratively after Rudd's appearance last week.

Rudd is the only Australian-born member of AC/DC. In 2003 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of the band.

He moved to New Zealand in 1983 after he was kicked out of the group. He rejoined in 1994 and has since been in and out of New Zealand while touring and recording.

Rudd also opened a restaurant in Tauranga, which recently attracted publicity when a group of staff took a case to the Employment Relations Authority.

AC/DC released their new album, Rock or Bust, yesterday.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums and feature at or near the top of highest-grossing tour lists whenever they play live. 

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HANDCUFFED: Phil Rudd talking to police in Tauranga. He was later placed in a police car.
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HANDCUFFED: Phil Rudd talking to police in Tauranga. He was later placed in a police car.

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