AC/DC's Cliff Williams reflects on four decades at the top of rock's bottom-end

Cliff Williams performs in concert with AC/DC at the Toyota Center on February 26, 2016 in Houston, Texas
(Image credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

For a guy who’s been anchoring one of the biggest rock bands in the world for 37 years, Cliff Williams still manages to fly under many bass players’ radar. He is often dismissed as too simple or conservative to be considered among the greats, but his role in AC/DC provides quite possibly the loftiest example of what all rock bass players should aspire to.

Onstage, Williams cedes the spotlight to vocalist Brian Johnson and lead guitarist Angus Young, moving to the front only to when it’s time to sing his parts. His bass lines are refreshingly straightforward and to the point, never drawing too much attention, but always bolstering the song.

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