• > Home
  • > News
  • > Cliff Williams Stepping Down From AC/DC
  • Cliff Williams Stepping Down From AC/DC

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:08:47

    Cliff Williams Stepping Down From AC/DC -

    AC/DC Photos

    • AC/DC - MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 14: Suit of Angus Young of AC/DC at the opening of the exhibition Hard Rock Couture - Music Inspired Fashion at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 14, 2013 in Munich, Germany.
    • AC/DC - DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 05:  AC/DC singer Brian Johnson addresses the media during preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 5, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
    • AC/DC - DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 28:  Brian Johnson of AC/DC and driver of the #50 DP BMW Riley, signs autographs before the start of during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 28, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

    more ac/dc photos »

    AC/DC Videos

    • AC/DC - Rock The Blues Away (Behind the Scenes)
    • AC/DC - Rock the Blues Away

    more ac/dc videos »

    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.

    Angus told that he felt obligated to keep the band going.

    "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.

    Get music AC/DC on iTunes

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

    "Like" ARTISTdirect on facebook to get more news and info on AC/DC

    Tags: AC/DC, Guns N' Roses

    Latest Music News

    more news headlines »

    • this week
    • last week
    • artist
    • ringtone
    • peak rank
    • wks on chart