​Bassist Cliff Williams retires from AC/DC

The bassist Cliff Williams, who has been in AC/DC since 1977, announced his decision to leave the band. This became known from the musician’s video message on the band’s official YouTube channel.

In July this year, 66-year-old rocker first spoke about plans to "backing off of touring and recording" with the band, which in the past two years has experienced several changes in its line-up because of Malcolm Young’s illness, Brian Johnson’s hearing lose risk and the scandalous charges of the drummer Phil Rudd in illegal possession of drugs and death threats.

In his new statement, Williams says that everything which has recently happened with AC/DC is not the reason for his decision to leave the band:

"It’s time for me to step out, that’s all. Not because we’ve lost Mal, Phil or Brian, everything changes when something happens like that. When Bon [Scott, AC/DC’s former singer] died it changed then, everything changes, so it’s not that."

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