Embattled AC DC drummer Phil Rudd is to stand trial in New Zealand in April (15) following a slew of delays and the departure of his lawyer.

The veteran rocker has pleaded not guilty to charges of drug possession and threatening to kill following his arrest in November (14), but an accusation of attempting to have two unidentified men murdered was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Rudd's case was adjourned following the departure of his lawyer, but on Monday (09Feb15) prosecutors announced a new trial date of 21 April (15) to allow the case to continue now the star has hired another attorney.

The news of his looming trial comes just a day after his bandmates took to the stage at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to perform with replacement drummer Chris Slade.

Slade, who previously played with the band from 1989 until 1994, will fill in for Rudd, 60, while he battles his legal problems in New Zealand.