AC/DC’s Angus Young not sure whether to call it quits
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams has recently announced that he will be retiring from recording and touring with the band after the group’s last dates for its Rock Or Bust tour. AC/DC have a slew of new band members consisting of rhythm guitarist Stevie Young (who replaced Malcolm Young in 2014), Chris Slade on drums (who replaced Phil Rudd in 2015) and singer Axl Rose (who replaced Brian Johnson in 2016). So what is Angus Young going to do? Continue or call it a day?
In a recent interview with RollingStone, Angus Young revealed that he simply does not know at this time when he stated: “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…”
With respect to whether Williams‘ decision to retire at the end of the Rock Or Bust tour was influenced by Johnson‘s departure, Angus Young stated: “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.”
In regard to whether he has pushed the band too far after his brother Malcolm could not continue, Angus Young candidly responded by stating: “That might be the case. But Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, “We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs.” He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.”
You can read the rest of the interview at RollingStone.