AC/DC loses another member; calls the band a 'changed animal'

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AC/DC's Cliff Williams Retiring From Rock And Roll

Dirty deeds get tiresome after awhile. Cliff Williams, the longtime bassist of AC/DC, has announced that he will be "backing off" touring and recording with the Australian rockers following the completion of their current tour. (You know, the one with Axl Rose.) In an interview with Gulfshore Life, Williams acknowledged that the band's recent problems specifically the departure of guitarist Malcolm Young in 2014 due to dementia; drummer Phil Rudd's criminal charges in 2015; and frontman Bryan Johnson stepping down because of disputed deafness earlier this year — were the main factors for his decision. "Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal," Williams said. "I feel in my gut it's the right thing." A very happy retirement to you and your luscious locks, sir.

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This is an undated photo of the rock group AC/DC. They are Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Simon Wright, Malcom Young and Cliff Williams. (AP Photo)
Members of the rock band AC/DC, bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young pose for a portrait in promotion of their upcoming album "Rock or Bust" on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 17: Brian Johnson and Angus Young of AC/DC perform on stage at Wembley Arena on January 17th, 1986 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - APRIL: Bon Scott and Angus Young from AC/DC perform live on stage in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1977 (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
HOLLYWOOD - CIRCA 1977: Singer Bon Scott and guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC put on a show for the crowd circa 1977 in Hollywood, California. In the background can be seen rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and drummer Phil Rudd. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - APRIL: Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Bon Scott (vocals) Phil Rudd (drums) from AC/DC perform live on stage in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1977 (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
DENMARK - APRIL 01: Photo of AC DC and Malcolm YOUNG and Bon SCOTT and Angus YOUNG and AC/DC and Phil RUDD; Bon Scott, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd performing live onstage (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
HOLLYWOOD - CIRCA 1977: Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC shows his trademark energy on stage while drummer Phil Rudd, singer Bon Scott, and bassist Mark Evans provide suport circa 1977 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
AC/DC 1976 Bon Scott and Angus Young (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of AC/DC; Angus Young performing live onstage on first UK tour (Photo by Dick Barnatt/Redferns)
Members of the rock band AC/DC, bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young pose for a portrait in promotion of their upcoming album "Rock or Bust" on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Guitarist Angus Young, left, of Australian rock band AC/DC, performs during a concert at the Hallestadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, April 6, 2009. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)
Guitarist Angus Young of Australian rock band AC/DC performs during a concert in the Hallestadion, in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, April 6, 2009. (KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)
Brian Johnson, right, lead singer of Australian rock band AC/DC, and guitarist Angus Young, left, perform during a concert at the Hallestadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, April 6, 2009. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)
Guitarist Angus Young of Australian rock band AC/DC performs during a concert in the Hallestadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, April 6, 2009. (KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)
Guitarist Angus Young from the famous Australian hard rock band AC/DC performs on the stage during a concert, which was held in Prague, Czech republic, Tuesday, June 12, 2001. (AP Photo/Michal Kamaryt/CTK)
Angus Young from AC/DC performs on stage, Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Zurich, Switzerland. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Franco Greco)
Australian rock band AC/DC with singer Brian Johnson, left, and guitar player Angus Young, 2nd right, perform on stage during a concert in Munich, southern Germany, on Tuesday, June 17, 2003. (AP Photo/Jan Pitman)
AC/DC's Angus Young performs during the concert for SARS relief at Downsview Park in Toronto Wednesday July 30, 2003. (AP Photo/Aaron Harris)
AC/DC promotional photo of Angus Young issued by EastWest Records. Photo Chuck Pulin.
AC/DC - Australian-based rock group about 1985 with Angus Young centre
Singer Bon Scott of the Australian rock group AC/DC on August 24, 1977 at the Academy of Music in New York, New York.
DONINGTON, UK - JUNE 11: A view from the stage showing the audience as Angus Young and Brian Johnson of AC/DC perform on stage at Download Festival on June 11, 2010 in Donington, UK. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns)
Members of the rock band AC/DC, bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young pose for a portrait in promotion of their upcoming album "Rock or Bust" on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
DONINGTON, UK - JUNE 11: Angus Young of AC/DC performs on stage at Download Festival on June 11, 2010 in Donington, UK. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns)
British singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young (R) of the hard rock band AC/DC perform at the Palais Omnisport of Paris Bercy, on February 25, 2009, in Paris. The band will also perform on February 27, 2009 in Paris as part of the Ice World Tour. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI (Photo credit should read OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 07: Brian Johnson and Angus Young of AC/DC perform live in concert during their 'Black Ice' Tour at the Rogers Centre on November 7, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Mola/WireImage)
WILKES BARRE, PA - OCTOBER 28: Malcolm Young and Angus Young of AC/DC perform during their 'Black Ice' Tour Opener on October 28, 2008 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 03: Brian Johnson and Angus Young (Right) of the Australian rock band AC/DC perform in concert on their 'Black Ice World Tour' at the Conseco Fieldhouse on November 3, 2008 in Indianapolis. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
LONDON - OCTOBER 21: Angus Young of Australian Rock group AC/DC performs live on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo on October 21, 2003 in London. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Malcolm Young and Angus Young of AC/DC, Justin Timberlake, Bill Wallace of The Guess Who, Mick Jagger and Randy Bachman of the Guess Who ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Angus Young and Cliff Williams of AC/DC during Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto - Show at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Angus Young and Brian Johnson of AC/DC (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Angus Young of AC/DC (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Angus Young of AC/DC and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and Angus Young of AC/DC during The 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Show at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, Angus Young and Cliff Williams of AC/DC (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Portrait of Australian rock group AC/DC backstage at the United Arena, Chicago, Illinois, April 8, 2001. Pictured are, from left, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: Brothers Malcolm Young and Angus Young of AC/DC perform on stage at Melbourne Park on February 11th 2001 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Martin Philbey/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Angus YOUNG and Brian JOHNSON and AC/DC; L-R Brian Johnson and Angus Young performing on stage (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 15: Photo of Malcolm YOUNG and Angus YOUNG and AC/DC and Cliff WILLIAMS and AC DC; Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Malcolm Young, posed at Rockwalk Induction (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)
GERMANY - JANUARY 01: Photo of AC DC and AC/DC and Angus YOUNG; Angus Young performing live onstage (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - APRIL 06: GROENOORDHALLEN Photo of AC/DC and AC DC and Angus YOUNG and Brian JOHNSON, Brian Johnson and Angus Young performing on stage (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Photo of Simon WRIGHT and Malcolm YOUNG and Cliff WILLIAMS and Brian JOHNSON and Angus YOUNG and AC/DC and AC DC; L-R: Brian Johnson, Simon Wright, Cliff Williams, Malcolm Young, Angus Young - posed, group shot, holding gold records (Photo by Bob King/Redferns)
AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Photo of Brian JOHNSON and AC/DC and Angus YOUNG and AC DC; Angus Young sitting on Brian Johnson's shoulders - performing live onstage (Photo by Bob King/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 30: MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Photo of Angus YOUNG and AC/DC, Angus Young performing on stage, taking shirt off (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 17: Brian Johnson and Angus Young of AC/DC perform on stage at Wembley Arena on January 17th, 1986 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 21: NASSAU COLISEUM Photo of Cliff WILLIAMS and Angus YOUNG and AC/DC, L-R Angus Young and Cliff Williams performing on stage (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 22: Photo of TOUR BUS and Malcolm YOUNG and Cliff WILLIAMS and Brian JOHNSON and Simon WRIGHT and Angus YOUNG and AC/DC and AC DC; L-R: Malcolm Young, Simon Wright, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Cliff Williams - posed, group shot, sitting on tourbus (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 21: NASSAU COLISEUM Photo of Malcolm YOUNG and Angus YOUNG and Brian JOHNSON and AC/DC, L-R Malcolm Young, Angus Young and Brian Johnson performing on stage (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 18, 1985: Drummer Simon Wright, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, lead guitarist Angus Young, bassist Cliff Williams, and singer Brian Johnson of AC/DC pose backstage before a show at the Forum on October 18, 1985, in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 18, 1985: Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC shreds a solo during a concert on October 18, 1985, at the Forum in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 21: NASSAU COLISEUM Photo of Cliff WILLIAMS and Angus YOUNG and Malcolm YOUNG and AC/DC and Brian JOHNSON, L-R Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Angus Young and Cliff Williams performing on stage (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
Guitarist Angus Young of the Australian rock group AC/DC on August 24, 1977 at the Academy of Music in New York City.
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 18, 1985: Singer Brian Johnson, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, lead guitarist Angus Young, drummer Simon Wright, and bassist Cliff Williams of AC/DC pose on a bulldozer before a show on October 18, 1985, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Photo of Cliff WILLIAMS and Angus YOUNG and Brian JOHNSON and AC/DC and Malcolm YOUNG and Simon WRIGHT and AC DC; L-R: Cliff Williams, Malcolm Young, Simon Wright, Angus Young, Brian Johnson - posed, group shot, in front of flight cases, c.1984/1985 (Photo by Bob King/Redferns)
Hard rock group AC/DC at the beach in Ipanema, Brazil during a South American tour, January 1985. Left to right: Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, Simon Wright, Angus Young, Malcolm Young. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
CANADA - DECEMBER 10: A mighty roar from AC/DC's Angus Young, and 14,000 fans are in heavy metal heaven. (Photo by Tony Bock/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 18, 1985: Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC shreds a solo during a concert on October 18, 1985, at the Forum in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Australian rock group AC/DC performs at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, November 20, 1981. Pictured are Angus Young and Brian Johnson. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 21: Malcolm Young, Angus Young and Cliff Williams performing with 'AC/DC' at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on AUGUST 21, 1979. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 12: JAAP EDENHAL Photo of AC/DC and AC DC and Angus YOUNG, Angus Young performing on stage, lying down (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 21: Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Angus Young and Phil Rudd are performing with 'AC/DC' at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on August 21, 1979. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty
OAKLAND - 1978: L-R Angus Young and Bon Scott of AC/DC get swept away by fans and media at The Oakland Coliseum 1978 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/ Michael Ochs Archive/ Getty Images)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Photo of AC DC and Angus YOUNG and AC/DC and Mark EVANS and Bon SCOTT; Mark Evans, Angus Young (playing Gibson SG guitar), Bon Scott - performing live onstage, c.1975/1976 (Photo by Bob King/Redferns)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Photo of Malcolm YOUNG and Angus YOUNG and AC/DC and AC DC; Malcolm Young and Angus Young (playing Gibson SG guitar) performing live onstage, c.1975/1976 (Photo by Bob King/Redferns)
AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Photo of Bon SCOTT and AC/DC and Angus YOUNG and AC DC and Malcolm YOUNG and Mark EVANS and Phil RUDD; L-R: Malcolm Young, Mark Evans, Phil Rudd, Angus Young (standing on top of Marshall stack amplifiers), Bon Scott - performing live onstage, c.1975/1976 (Photo by Bob King/Redferns)
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