Duff McKagan To Join AC/DC As Bassist On 2024 World Tour

Renowned comedian and fervent AC/DC fan Dean Delray, who has closely engaged with the band through his musical covers and interviews with its members, recently unveiled crucial information regarding AC/DC’s eagerly awaited 2024 tour. Delray announced that Cliff Williams, the band’s bassist, will be absent from this year’s tour lineup.

On January 27, Delray made a revealing post:

“I got word from a trusted source last night that AC/DC will be hitting the road with a new bass player this year. I won’t spill the beans on who it is – I’ll leave that to AC/DC. But I’ll share this: Cliff Williams told me himself on my podcast three years ago that he wouldn’t be touring anymore. It’s surprising that this didn’t catch on with the fans at the time.”

He further paid tribute to Williams:

“I want to take a moment to express my deep appreciation for Cliff’s over 40 years of delivering solid bass lines and unforgettable grooves. Much love to you, brother.”

The forthcoming announcement from AC/DC on Monday is set to confirm Cliff Williams’ departure from the touring scene, with Duff McKagan, renowned for his role in Guns N’ Roses, stepping in as the new bassist.

Cliff Williams had previously declared his intention to retire post the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour during 2015-2016, a period marked by Brian Johnson’s departure due to hearing issues, leading to Axl Rose stepping in for the tour’s remainder.

In a 2020 dialogue with Delray, Williams shed light on his retirement decision, influenced by Johnson’s departure but also stemming from earlier considerations:

“I had a talk with Angus [Young] at the start of the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour. I felt it was time for me to step back. I wanted to avoid hindering the band’s future plans, knowing I wasn’t up for the long tours anymore.”

Reflecting on his decision, Williams shared:

“Finishing that tour was challenging. We owe a lot to Axl for stepping in. He did an incredible job. By the end of it, I knew my touring days were over. It was time to call it quits.”

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