Cliff Williams

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AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in December 1973 by Angus and Malcolm Young. AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, making them the 10th highest-selling artist in the United States and the 14th best selling artist worldwide. Their 1980 album Back In Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the third highest-selling album by any artist, and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the US, where it is the sixth-highest-selling album of all time.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership subsequently stabilized around the Young brothers, singer Bon Scott, drummer Phil Rudd, and bass player Mark Evans. Evans was fired from the band in 1977 and replaced by Cliff Williams, who has appeared on every AC/DC album since Powerage (1978). In February 1980, over six months after the release of the follow-up album Highway to Hell, Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning. The group considered disbanding but stayed together, bringing in Brian Johnson as replacement for Scott. Later that year, the band released their first album with Johnson, Back in Black, which they dedicated to Scott's memory. The album launched them to new heights of success and became one of the best selling albums of all time.

The band's eighth studio album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981), was their first album to reach #1 in the United States. Prior the release of the follow-up album Flick of the Switch (1983), Rudd was fired from AC/DC, and Simon Wright filled his place until quitting in 1989, being in turn replaced by Chris Slade. The band experienced a commercial resurgence with the release of its 12th studio album The Razors Edge (1990). Rudd returned in 1994, replacing Slade and appearing on the band's next four albums.

Their 15th studio album Black Ice (2008) was the second-highest-selling album of that year, and their biggest chart hit since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching #1 on all charts worldwide.

The band's most recent album, Rock or Bust, is the 16th studio album and was released on November 28, 2014. Rock or Bust was the group's first album without founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who had retired from the band in 2014 due to health concerns, although he co-wrote every track on the album. Bass guitarist Cliff Williams has also retired since Rock or Bust was released, while drummer Phil Rudd was unable to participate in the supporting tour after being sentenced to house arrest, and vocalist Brian Johnson was forced to exit the band after the fifth leg of the album's supporting tour as a result of hearing loss. Rock or Bust peaked at #1 in 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany and Sweden. It reached the Top 5 in a further 12 countries, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. The album earned AC/DC a 2015 ECHO Award for Rock/Alternative (International)

The band's line-up remained the same until 2014 with Malcolm Young's retirement due to early-onset dementia (later dying in 2017) and Rudd's legal troubles. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring due to worsening hearing loss. Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose stepped in as the band's vocalist for the remainder of that year's dates. Long-term bass player and background vocalist Cliff Williams retired from the band at the end of their 2016 Rock or Bust World Tour and the group has been inactive since then. Nevertheless, they have not officially disbanded and unconfirmed reports of a new album and tour with the surviving Back in Black-era lineup continue to circulate. Read more about Cliff Williams on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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