Ahead of the band’s tour finale in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, Williams took to YouTube to confirm his impending departure. “It’s time for me to step out and that’s all,” he said. “I’m just ready to get off the road, really…It’s just my time.”
Williams added that his retirement wasn’t influenced by the recent departure of fellow core members including guitarist Malcolm Young, singer Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd. Young and Johnson are both dealing with health issue; Young retired from the band in 2014 due to his ongoing struggles with dementia, and hearing issues plaguing Johnson left AC/DC in search of a new singer last year. Rudd, meanwhile, was booted from the band following an arrest in 2014 over allegations that he conspired to commit murder.
“Not because we’ve lost Mal, Phil or Brian. I mean, everything changes when something happens like that. When Bon died, it changed then. You know, everything changes, so it’s not that,” he said in the clip uploaded to AC/DC’s official YouTube channel.
With Williams’ departure, the only remaining member of the band’s core post-Bon Scott lineup is Angus Young. The band has been touring with Axl Rose on vocals, Chris Slade returning to the band to replace Rudd and Stevie Young filling in for Malcolm.