Cliff Williams previously surprised fans when he decided to come out of retirement to play on the new AC/DC album “Power Up” (November 13). However, the bassist has since confirmed that he is only planning to play “a few shows” in support of the record.
Williams said the following on Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast when asked if Brian Johnson leaving the road in 2016 led to decision to retire:
“It was before then. I spoke to Angus [Young] about it initially. I was at a point — and this is at the beginning of the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour — that I just felt, for me, it was time to hang it up. I knew that I didn’t wanna keep doing these two-year tours, and I didn’t wanna hold them back, so I made them aware of the fact that this was gonna be my last go-round. It was a tough tour to finish. God bless Axl [Rose] for coming in and helping us out, finish it up. He did a great job. And at the end of that, I was definitely — that was it for me. Done — just done. That compounded the whole thing.”
He also added the following about returning for “Power Up” and paying tribute to the late Malcolm Young:
“If ‘Back In Black’ has Bon Scott all over it, for me, ‘Power Up’ has got Malcolm Young. This is for him. And it’s the band that we played together with for 40-plus years. And I wanted to do that — I wanted to come back and do that.
We did some rehearsals earlier this year before this darn COVID thing popped up, and we had great rehearsals. The band was playing really well. So [they asked me], ‘Do you wanna do a few shows? ‘Sure’. A few shows. We were planning on doing that. Everyone goes home to their respective homes, and bang, we’ve been here ever since [because of the coronavirus-related shutdown].”
He went on to say that he is only committed to playing “a few” dates:
“For both [my mental and physical] health. I definitely have some physical issues, which I won’t bore you with the details of. But, yeah, it’s tough. I’m very grateful for everything. It’s been fantastic. But I just don’t wanna do that anymore.”