CLIFF WILLIAMS Leaving AC/DC
Bassist Cliff Williams To Retire After AC/DC's Current Tour: 'I Feel In My Gut It's The Right Thing'.
The bassist's revelation follows a series of misfortunes to plague AC/DC.
Last year, former drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months of house arrest; in 2014, the band announced guitarist Malcolm Young's retirement from the group after he was diagnosed with dementia; in 2016 Brian Johnson had to stop due to a hearing loss, risking total deafness.
In few words: most of the people Williams has spent the past four decades with are no longer there.
"It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I'm backing off of touring and recording," Cliff tells Gulfshore Life. "Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal. I feel in my gut it's the right thing."
AC/DC released a video clip earlier in the week in which Williams talked about his role in the band. Below. He said: "AC/DC has been… you know, just… I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up.
"My role as part of the rhythm section is to give drive, to give foundation, and engine, if you like, [and] support the guitars.
"My first album with the band was 'Powerage', and that was 1977. It was all new and fresh, and these people, I didn't know them, and Australia, and I'm from London, and there was the whole fitting in thing. They were great — very accepting.
"They were very famous in Australia when I joined them. They'd pretty much gotten to the top of the heap there very quickly. And they'd been to Europe once or twice at that point too. But we were still touring on a modest basis. We were playing small venues with little equipment, with a little van, and we were all driving together in a station wagon and stuff. And that, over the years, has changed. Not to say it wasn't fun; it was a lot of fun."