After announcing it earlier this year, Cliff Williams has officially retired from AC/DC after a nearly 40 year run. The bassist joined the band in 1977, just two years after their debut album, and played on every subsequent release.
“I’m just ready to get off the road,” Williams stated in a video interview. “[I need] family time now and just to chill out. I couldn’t have asked for anything more than being with the people I’m with… and playing this music.”
Watch the full statement here:
Williams, who typically keeps a low profile, was goaded to the front of the stage by guitarist Angus Young during his final concert in Philadelphia.
There’s no word as to the bassist’s replacement. Young told Rolling Stone that he doesn’t know what the future holds for the seminal rock band.