Cliff Williams Performs His Last Show With AC/DC

As previously reported, AC/DC’s last show with bassist Cliff Williams took place last night (September 20) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Check out some fan filmed footage of the band performing their closing track “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You),” complete with Angus Young saluting Williams as he heads to retirement.

AC/DC’s Cliff Williams Confirms Retirement

Earlier this year, AC/DC’s Cliff Williams revealed that he was planning to retire after the band’s current tour, and now he has officially confirmed his plans. His last show will take place tonight (September 20) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Williams said the following:

“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.”

Angus Young Is Unsure About AC/DC’s Future, Comments On Cliff Williams Retirement Plans

AC/DC’s Angus Young was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, and was asked about the band’s future, as well as, Cliff Williams recent retirement announcement. You can read some excerpts from that chat below.

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On his future plans:

“At this point, I don’t know. We were committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I’ll feel after? When you sign on and say, “I’m gonna do this and that,” it’s always good to say at the end of it, “I’ve done all I said I would do.”

That was always the idea, especially when we were younger – me, Malcolm, Bon. You had to show up and be on time. You’d be playing in a pub in the afternoon. Then late at night, you’d be playing a club. You got into that habit: ‘If we don’t play, we don’t eat.’”

On Cliff Williams:

“Cliff made it known before we’d even started touring – this would be his last. Besides myself, Cliff has been there the longest, since 1977. Cliff and Brian are in the same age bracket. They like to go out, hit the pubs. They had the bond.”

Aside from Williams, the band previously lost three members in recent times, including Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia, Phil Rudd, who has had some issues with the law, and Brian Johnson, who stepped down to protect his hearing. AC/DC’s altered lineup, which features Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) on vocals, will be finishing their touring cycle later this year. Those dates can be found below, and Angus Young’s full interview can be read at RollingStone.com.

Tour Dates:

08/27 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
08/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
09/01 Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
09/04 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
09/06 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
09/09 Detroit, MI – The Palace
09/11 Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
09/14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
09/17 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
09/20 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

AC/DC’s Cliff Williams Announces His Retirement

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams recently told Gulfshorelife.com that he plans to retire after the band’s current tour. His decision comes after the band previously lost three members, including Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia, Phil Rudd, who has had some issues with the law, and Brian Johnson, who stepped down to protect his hearing. Williams said the following:

“It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording. 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.”

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AC/DC Announce Rescheduled U.S. Dates With Axl Rose

AC/DC have officially rescheduled their postponed U.S. dates. With Brian Johnson sidelined due to hearing issues, Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) will continue singing for the band.

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Tour Dates:

08/27 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
08/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
09/01 Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
09/04 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
09/06 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
09/09 Detroit, MI – The Palace
09/11 Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
09/14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
09/17 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
09/20 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

Brian Johnson On His Time In AC/DC: “I’ve Had A Pretty Good Run. I’ve Been In One Of The Best Bands In The World”

Brian Johnson has recently discussed his hearing issues and reflected on his time in AC/DC with SiriusXM‘s Doron Levin. You can read some excerpts from that below.

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“In Sydney, before Christmas, I was in the hospital on nine different occasions working with this wonderful doctor called Doctor Chang, and he had perceived that one night, we were playing Winnipeg at this huge stadium outside and it was raining cats and dogs, and it was absolutely freezing cold. And I caught a fever, and so did… well, Angus already had a fever.

We were dripping wet, soaking wet, absolutely freezing, and then straight after the show, we had to get on an aircraft and fly straight to Vancouver, which was a two-and-a-half-hour flight, and unfortunately, the fluids went up into my sinuses and then around my ear. But we had to carry on. We did a gig there, then we did San Francisco, then we did Los Angeles, and then we came home for a two or three-week break, and then off we went to Australia. And my ears still hadn’t popped.

And I was getting worried because my right ear, my good ear is just about totally deaf. And when I got [to Australia], that’s when Doctor Chang found out that the fluids had crystallized and had been eating away at my ear. So my good ear, I lost… I don’t know what percentage, but it was enough to make things very difficult. So they worked on me.

They had tubes in my arm, I was getting liquids and steroids into the system to try to break it down and clear it up. But he did look me in the eye with that horrible look that doctors have when you know something bad’s coming [laughs], and he just said, ‘Yup. I’m afraid you’re not gonna get that back. But we can work with you, and we’ll try it.’

So we did. And we did all the gigs in Australia—that was great—and then we came back and I did ten shows in America, but I’m afraid after that, when I went for my second check, that’s when they said, “You’re killing your ears.’”

He also added:

“What people don’t understand is, it is what it is. It’s like a young sports player getting an injury. I feel sorry for them [when they’re] 24 or 25 and they have an injury and it ends their career and it’s an awful thing. But I’m lucky. I’m 68—I’m 69 later this year—and I’ve had a pretty good run. I’ve been in one of the best bands in the world.

They didn’t tell me I had cancer or something terminal. And I had so many good times with the boys and I’ve had such a lucky and great life, and I’m just thankful, really, that I came out of it in one piece.”

As previously reported, Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) has been handling vocal duties for AC/DC.