Cliff Williams Stepping Down From AC/DC
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:08:47
Cliff Williams, bassist with Australian rock titans AC/DC, has announced that he's leaving the band. A video, seen below, was posted to the band's official YouTube account. In it, Williams says that, "It's not bad, I'm just ready to get off the road. I'm happy, I just need family time now, just chill out and not do this. I mean, I couldn't have asked for anything more, being in this situation with these people in this band, playing this music."
The news means that Angus Young is the only remaining "classic lineup" member of the band remaining, although current drummer Chris Slade has been with them on-and-off since 1989 and the Razor's Edge album.
Rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, brother of Angus, had to step down in 2014 to receive treatment for dementia, and he was replaced by his nephew Stevie Young. Controversially, Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose joined the band as a touring member in order to fulfill 2016 tour commitments, after long-time vocalist Brian Johnson was advised to stop touring due to ongoing hearing issues.
There is currently no news on whether Angus plans to place Williams, although the band has shown no signs of stopping when numerous members have come and gone in the past.
"Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, 'We'll just go in and do some work. We'll sit and write some songs.'"
Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 for the Powerage album, replacing Marc Evans who had played bass on the first five albums.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff