Phil Rudd has put on another show for the media - but this time the former AC/DC drummer was playing the chummy joker rather than the angry rocker.
But his display outside Tauranga District Court this morning was still as characteristically odd as ever, with the 61-year-old admitting he didn't "know what's going on".
Rudd stepped out of court surrounded by a throng of media after pleading not guilty to breaching conditions of his home detention sentence.
Asked if he was feeling nervous about his case, Rudd replied: "The only thing I'm feeling nervous about is I don't actually know what's going on."
When asked how he was spending his time on bail, the rocker muttered: "Self improvement."
Asked to elaborate, Rudd said, "Nah, I can't really."
As the media pack shuffled from the courthouse to a nearby garage where a McLaren sports car waited for him, Rudd joked with reporters, commenting to one cameraman walking backwards in front of him: "How do you know where you're going, mate?"
One reporter asked whether he was straight off home for a cup of tea, Rudd smiled and replied, "yeah home for a cup of tea".
All the while, his lawyer Craig Tuck tried to move Rudd along, telling media surrounding his client: "We are going to keep moving."
When the throng reached the garage, Rudd paused for a cigarette surrounded by microphones and cameras.
Asked whether family was supporting him, he replied: "They're as helpful as most kids... nah, my kids are good."
With the morning sun shining into the back of the garage, Rudd commented while finishing his cigarette: "Can you feel the sun? This is a great country when the sun's out."
After shaking hands with TVNZ reporter Helen Castles, he climbed into the sports car and drove off.
Earlier, when walking into court, Rudd was asked how how he felt about the appearance, to which he replied: "That'll be up to the judge, eh."
Rudd is presently serving out an eight-month home detention sentence after last month being convicted on charges of threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and cannabis.
The drummer was now facing an additional charge of breaching his sentencing conditions, by possessing and consuming alcohol, after being arrested at his Harbour Drive home last month.
Stepping into the dock, clad in his leather AC/DC jacket, Rudd placed on sunglasses as gathered photographers took his picture in court.
Shortly after, Mr Tuck entered a plea of not guilty and asked that the matter go to a case review so "matters can be traversed appropriately".
Crown prosecutor Anna Pollett responded by pointing out a case management process was not a mandatory process, "and in the present case the defendant has admitted the charge to the police on his arrest".
She argued for a "speedy resolution" to the case and suggested a judge-alone hearing could be held as early as this week.
Mr Tuck hit back, saying Rudd did not accept there had been an admission at all, and adding there were some "complicating features" to the case that needed addressing.
Ms Pollett responded, telling Judge Wolff there were photographs of the alcohol at Rudd's home and two others - who the Herald understands were sex workers - present at the address when police arrested Rudd on January 18.Mr Tuck however stated there were between four and six people there.
"There are are a number of other matters that need to be traversed, witnesses to be interviewed... it's just not that straight-forward - we are certainly not prepared to proceed that quickly, sir."
Judge Wolff told both the case appeared to be a "relatively straight-forward issue" and remanded Rudd on bail to re-appear for a trial on November 24.
Afterwards, Mr Tuck criticised the Crown's attempt to expedite the case.
"The reality is that, even though the Crown did not want one, it is the proper procedure," he said of his request for a case management meeting.
"In fact, there will be ongoing discussions with the Crown prior to this hearing anyway, as part of due process, correct procedures and efficiency within the court system," he said.
"And to try to stop that process in a high profile matter, just by accepting on face value the police position, is unacceptable."
HIGHWAY TO HELL: The Phil Rudd saga
• 2007: Pleaded guilty to common assault after an incident with his former wife aboard his luxury launch Barchetta
at Tauranga Marina.
• 2011: Pleaded guilty to possession of 25g of cannabis found on Barchetta.
• 2014: Acquitted of deliberately lying about his prior drug use to obtain a medical certificate to enable him to renew his private pilot licence. The Court of Appeal last month rejected an appeal by the Civil Aviation Authority.
• November 2014: Charged with attempting to procure the murder of two people following a police raid. The charges were soon withdrawn by police, who also charged him with threatening to kill an employee, and for methamphetamine and cannabis found in his home during a police raid last year.
• April 21: Unexpectedly changed plea of not guilty to guilty. It emerged he told an associate he wanted a former employee "taken out" and offered him $200,000, a motorbike, and the choice of one of his cars or a house.
• July 9: Convicted and sentenced to eight months' home detention and warned by Judge Thomas Ingram he would be sent to jail if he re-offended. His lawyer Craig Tuck lodged an appeal soon after.
• July 18: Arrested at his Tauranga home for breaching conditions of his home detention sentence by possessing and consuming alcohol.
• July 20: Remanded on bail to re-appear on the new charge. Made an angry scene in front of media waiting outside the courthouse and then again before a TV3 cameraman outside his home.
• Today: Remanded on bail to re-appear for a judge-alone trial on November 24. Chatted with media on his way out of court.