AC/DC’s Cliff Williams announces retirement
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has confirmed his retirement plans following the band’s gig in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.
The rocker will take the stage with his bandmates and guest vocalist Axl Rose in Philadelphia and then quit as the group wraps up its troubled Rock or Bust tour.
AC/DC have released a new video of Williams confirming the news.
He says, “It’s time for me to step out, and that’s all.”
The bass player insists his decision has nothing to do with the events of the past year, during which dementia forced Malcolm Young out of the band and singer Brian Johnson’s hearing issues prompted him to sit out the remainder of the tour, but in a previous statement in July Williams announced his retirement plans revolved around the band’s personnel changes.
“Losing Malcolm… and now with Brian, it’s a changed animal,” he said. “I feel in my gut it’s the right thing (to do).”
The 66-year-old says, “I’m just ready to get off the road, really, and do what I do.
“In between tours, we take a few years off, so I know how to do that, I know what I’m gonna do. Again, it’s just my time. I’m happy.”
Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 and first appeared on the band’s Powerage album, which was released in 1978.
Following Tuesday night’s gig in Philadelphia, guitarist Angus Young will be AC/DC’s only founding member.