AC/DC’s bassist Cliff Williams has stayed true to his word and announced in a video message to fans that he is retiring after playing with the legendary band since 1977.
Williams retirement comes as the band conclude their epic Rock Or Bust World Tour which saw them joined by Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose taking over lead vocals after Brian Johnson was forced to step away between tour legs because he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued.
The band released a series of videos from individual members ahead of Tuesday’s nights final concert in Philadelphia. In Williams clip, he said, “It’s time for me to step out, and that’s all. Not because we’ve lost Mal, Phil or Brian. I mean, everything changes when something happens like that.
“When Bon died, it changed then. You know, everything changes, so it’s not that. It’s just… I’m just ready to get off the road, really, and do what I do… In between tours, we take a few years off, so I know how to do that, I know what I’m gonna do.
“Again, it’s just my time. I’m happy, I just need to… Family time now… just chill out and not do this. I mean, I couldn’t have asked for anything more, being with the people I’m with and have been, and being in this situation with this band, playing this music.”