Brian Johnson of AC/DC has suggested that drummer Phil Rudd will not be fired from the band after being arrested last month, but that they do plan to tour without him.
The drummer will still face charges of making threats to kill and for possession of the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis.
Speaking to Howard Stern on US radio, The Guardian reports that Johnson and Malcolm Young both addressed the situation involving Rudd with Young discussing how he found out about his fellow bandmember’s arrest. Young recalled: “My wife woke me up and said ‘Phil’s been up to no good’. Someone said ‘Who was he trying to hit’. It was his drug dealer.”
While Young said that the band have yet to “resolve” whether Rudd is still a member of AC/DC, Johnson suggested Rudd would not performing on the 2015 tour.
“I don’t think we need to do any firing,” he said. “The situation will take care of itself. He has gotten himself into a pickle. There is nothing we can do about it. We are talking about criminal charges here. We are talking about judges, we are talking about juries. We are going to go on tour. Nothing is going to stop us.”
Earlier this month, the other members of AC/DC released a joint statement about Rudd’s arrest, and insisted the matter will not have any impact on the plans to promote their forthcoming album ‘Rock Or Bust’.
Rudd rejoined AC/DC in 1994, 11 years after he was forced out of the band in 1983. AC/DC are set to release ‘Rock Or Bust’, their first LP in six years, on December 8.