AC/DC to Dump Drummer Embroiled in Murder-for-Hire Allegations

Hard rock band AC/DC is ready to go on tour without their drummer (Phil Rudd), who faced accusations that he hired a hitman.

Promoting their upcoming album in New York, singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young both hinted that the veteran Australian band was looking to replace Rudd ahead of a tour next year.

"We're talking about criminal courts here, and we're talking about judges, we're talking about juries," Johnson told radio shock jock Howard Stern on Wednesday.

"We're talking about people saying you're not getting your passport back here, all of this kind of stuff. And there's nothing we can do about it. 

"We are going to go on tour and nothing is going to stop us," he said.

The band has had other drummers in the group. Rudd has played on-and-off with the band since 1975.

"When you're in a rock 'n' roll band, you move to the front. You never look what's going on behind you," Young said.

Charges were filed earlier this month against Rudd on a murder-for-hire charge but the charge was subsequently dropped. He still faces drug possessions and threatening to kill charges, which could mean up to seven years in jail.