In the latest update regarding AC/DC’s highly anticipated 2024 tour, Dean Delray, a comedian and avid fan of the band, recently shared some noteworthy information. Renowned for covering the band’s music and conducting interviews with its members, Delray disclosed that bassist Cliff Williams would not be part of the upcoming tour.
On January 27, Delray took to the online realm with the following announcement:
“Last night, I received information from a highly credible source indicating that AC/DC will be hitting the road with a new bass player this year. I won’t spill the beans on the identity – that’s for AC/DC to reveal. However, three years ago, during a podcast session, Cliff Williams clearly stated he wouldn’t be touring again, and I was surprised that fans seemingly overlooked that.”
Expressing gratitude to Williams, Delray continued:
“I want to take this moment to thank Cliff for rocking our world on the bass for over 40 years. A true groove maestro. I love you, brother.”
Williams, who declared his retirement after the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour in 2015-2016, played a pivotal role during a transitional period when vocalist Brian Johnson left due to hearing issues, temporarily replaced by Axl Rose for the tour’s final 22 shows.
In a 2020 interview with Delray, Williams detailed the nexus between his retirement decision and Johnson’s departure:
“The decision was made before then. I initially discussed it with Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist]. At the onset of the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour, I felt it was time for me to step away. I didn’t want to commit to these lengthy two-year tours anymore, and I didn’t want to hinder the band’s progress. So, I informed them that this would be my final run.”
Emphasizing his disinterest in touring, Williams added:
“The ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour was challenging to conclude. Axl deserves credit for stepping in and helping us wrap it up. He did an excellent job. After that, I was unequivocally done – finished. It all added up.”
Despite his retirement from touring, Williams participated in the recording sessions for AC/DC’s 2020 album ‘Power Up,’ alongside Johnson. The duo also reunited on stage for the band’s performance at the Power Trip festival in Indio, California, last October, marking their first live appearance in over seven years.
As of now, AC/DC has not officially confirmed Williams’ absence from the upcoming tour, nor have they released any tour dates for 2024. Nevertheless, speculation is rife that the band is gearing up for global performances, potentially including a show at Munich’s Olympic Stadium on June 12.