Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threat to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boiled down to an angry phone call and he was seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd.
Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he had offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out” and that he also directly said to the victim he was going to kill him.
The 60-year-old drummer was released on bail pending a June sentencing hearing.
Rudd arrived at the Tauranga court in a sports car wearing sunglasses and a red tie and did not speak during his brief appearance other than to enter his guilty pleas.
It is unclear whether Rudd has a future with the Australian rock band he has been part of on and off for nearly 40 years. The band intends to use Welsh drummer Chris Slade for its upcoming Rock Or Bust album tour but has not said if that is a long-term arrangement.
By agreeing with prosecutors to enter the guilty pleas, Rudd avoided the need for a trial. Prosecutors agreed to drop a second charge of threatening to kill and earlier dropped a murder-for-hire charge.