Following the conclusion of the 2016 Rock or Bust world tour, AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams introduced his retirement from the band. In a tearful goodbye, the then 66-year-old, who has been with AC/DC since 1978, gave his causes. Cliff stated: “It’s time for me to step out, that is all. Not as a result of we’ve misplaced Mal, Phil or Brian.”
Cliff continued: “Everything adjustments with one thing like that…Everything adjustments, so it isn’t that.
“It’s simply, I’m able to get off the highway and do what I do in between excursions. I’m completely satisfied. I simply want household time, simply relax and never do that.
“I could not have requested for something extra – being with the individuals I’m with and have been, being on this state of affairs with this band, enjoying this music.”
The AC/DC bassist ended his retirement announcement video with a tear in his eye and palms on his coronary heart.
But then a 12 months later Malcolm Young died after a battle with dementia and AC/DC had been again within the studio recording a brand new studio album in tribute to the late rhythm guitarist.
Speaking on Dean Delray’s Let There Be Talk podcast, Cliff stated: “If Back In Black has Bon Scott throughout it, for me, Power Up has bought Malcolm Young.
“This is for him. And it is the band that we performed along with for 40-plus years. And I needed to try this — I needed to come back again and try this.”
The 70-year-old stated how AC/DC had some “great rehearsals” earlier this 12 months earlier than the pandemic kicked off.
The semi-retired AC/DC bassist admitted it was for each his bodily and psychological wellbeing.
He defined: “I undoubtedly have some bodily points, which I will not bore you with the main points of.
“But, yeah, it is powerful. I’m very grateful for every part.
“It’s been unbelievable. But I simply do not wanna try this anymore.”
Earlier this afternoon AC/DC teased the official video for Power Up’s new single Shot In The Dark.
The brief clip featured Angus Young placing on his iconic college uniform, saying “Got my schoolboy charm together”.
The new music video premieres on the official AC/DC YouTube channel at 3pm GMT on Monday, with unique dialog with the band and video director David Mallet starting 15 minutes earlier than.
AC/DC’s new album Power Up is launched on November 13, 2020.