The rocker originally pleaded not guilty to all three charges at the end of last year (14), when it was alleged he had threatened to kill a man. A murder plot accusation was dropped by authorities.

He admitted to making a threatening phone call to a man who had been in his employment in Tauranga District Court on Tuesday (21Apr15). He also pleaded guilty to owning methamphetamine and cannabis, which was found during a police raid in his house in November (14).

Rudd initially pleaded not guilty to the charges in December (14), and the case was adjourned in February (15) after the musician's lawyer withdrew his counsel.

Now the case has been adjourned again, until 26 June (15), as the rock star's new lawyer, Craig Tuck, tells local New Zealand news outlets he will be seeking a discharge without conviction for his client.

Following Rudd's arrest last year, his former bandmates replaced him in the band, prompting the drummer to insist he was innocent and wanted his job back.

He told New Zealand TV channel TVNZ, "I want my job back and I want my reputation back and I'm going to get them... It's all wrong and I'm very upset about the whole thing. It's ludicrous, ludicrous - as if I'd need anybody to do that... This has just been a big ball of cheese and all the rats are gathering and having a piece.

"That's not who I am... I'm going back to work with AC DC, I don't care who likes it or who doesn't. Everyone listens to the wrong people, they should listen to me, I'm a good guy, and I'm a pretty good drummer by the way - ask Angus (Young), he'll tell you."