Usually, when a lot of people retire, they move to Florida, where it’s warm and relatively cheap. However, if you already live there, then it’s that much easier when you decide to hang it up. And in an interview with Gulfshore Life, AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams says that he’s getting ready to call it a day after the band’s current tour, which wraps up on September 20th in Philadelphia.
“It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording,” he says. “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.”
It has been a hell of a tumultuous year for AC/DC. Drummer Phil Rudd played on their 2014 album Rock or Bust, then decided to threaten to kill someone, which led to his ouster from the band. Then founding member Malcolm Young stepped aside from the band after it was revealed that he was suffering from dementia. And earlier this year, Brian Johnson suddenly left the band after it was found that he faced deafness if the vocalist stayed on the road. And while Axl Rose is filling in for the last month of dates, it’s still quite a shift in personnel, and if Williams decides to leave the band before the wheels totally fall off, you can’t fault him for that. It is interesting, however, that he chose to reveal it in a local magazine as opposed to an interview with Rolling Stone or Billboard or something.
Here’s where you’ll be able to apparently catch Williams one last time:
8/27 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
8/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
9/01 Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
9/04 Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
9/06 Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
9/09 Detroit, MI @ The Palace
9/11 Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
9/14 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
9/17 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
9/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Photo: Wes Orshoski