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AC/DC's Cliff Williams To Retire

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Veteran AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has revealed that he intends to retire from recording and touring after the band wraps up their current tour.

"It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour, I'm backing off of touring and recording," Cliff told Gulfshore Life magazine in a recent interview. "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."

Williams joined AC/DC as bassist and backing vocalist in 1977 and he has performed and recorded with them since. His departure will be the latest in a series of blows to the band's lineup, including former drummer Paul Rudd, who was convicted last year on drug charges and charges of making threats against a former employer, the 2014 retirement of guitarist Malcolm Young after he was diagnosed with dementia and lead vocalist Brian Johnson being forced to drop out of the band's current tour due to health issues.

AC/DC will resume U.S. leg of their tour, which was postponed earlier this year, on August 27th in Greensboro, North Carolina. Axl Rose, fresh from his tour with Guns N' Roses, will be filling in for Johnson. – Staff Writers