AC/DC’s Bassist CLIFF WILLIAMS To Retire After Current Tour
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams says he’ll retire from touring and recording after their current tour wraps up, saying “it’s the right thing.”
Williams’ decision may be based around what the band has been going through the last couple of years – last year, former drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months of house arrest after he was found guilty of taking drugs and making threats to kill a former employee.
In 2014, the band announced guitarist Malcolm Young’s retirement from the group after he was diagnosed with dementia.
And of course, singer Brian Johnson was told to stop touring or risk “complete hearing loss.”
AC/DC has since resumed its tour with GnR singer Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist”, so most of the musicians he’s shared the stage with the last 4 decades aren’t in the band.
“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 told 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.”
Williams added that he is proud of the band’s massive accomplishments, which include having the sixth-highest-selling album of all time in the U.S. with 1980’s “Back In Black”.
“When you start out, you kind of hope for success,” Williams says. “That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.”
The rescheduled dates of AC/DC’s North American tour — which will be the band’s first concerts here with Rose on lead vocals — will kick off in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 27, just five days after Rose completes his summer stadium run with GUNS N’ ROSES.
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