Cliff Williams: “AC/DC’s songs are very guitar-driven, so I don’t need to be noodling around underneath. I just need to be driving it“

Cliff Williams
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”Oh dear. Be kind!” quips Cliff Williams when I tell him that I’ve been carefully listening to the bass parts on his new album, Power Up, in preparation for this interview. He’s kidding, of course – you don’t play stadiums for 40 years without developing a thick skin – but at the same time, he’s definitely not on familiar ground today. 

This is because Cliff is in AC/DC, a band dominated since its inception by huge electric guitars and vocals, rather than bass guitar, drums, or anything else. 

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.