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Murder-for-Hire Charge Dropped Against AC/DC Drummer

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Phil Rudd, drummer for the rock band AC/DC, gestures from a window at his house in Tauranga, New Zealand, Nov. 6, 2014.

Phil Rudd, drummer for the rock band AC/DC, gestures from a window at his house in Tauranga, New Zealand, Nov. 6, 2014.

New Zealand prosecutors have dropped a murder-for-hire charge against the drummer for the legendary rock band AC/DC, just one day after it was filed.

Police charged 60-year-old Phil Rudd Thursday with attempting to procure murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

But when prosecutors took over the case from police Friday, they quickly dropped the charge, saying there was not enough evidence to proceed.

Rudd still faces a charge of threatening to kill, and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.

Local media reported Rudd was trying to hire a hit man to kill two men whose identities were not disclosed.

The Australia-born Rudd, who now lives in New Zealand, left AC/DC in 1983, but rejoined the band in 1994.

AC/DC is one of the highest-grossing bands of all-time, with hit songs that include "Back in Black," "Thunderstruck" and "You Shook Me All Night Long."

The band is due to release a new album, titled "Rock or Bust" next month.

Earlier this year, the band announced that rhythm guitarist and founding member Malcom Young was leaving the group. His family said the 61-year-old Young is suffering from dementia.

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