Cliff Williams says that he will retire from touring and recording after AC/DC’s current tour, explaining that “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 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.
AC/DC has since resumed its tour with GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist,” meaning that 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.