There was speculation that AC/DC and Angus Young would retire and split after many lineup changes in the mid 2010’s, but this did not come to pass.
Young was asked by BBC Radio Scotland if he thought AC/DC were done after Phil Rudd, Brian Johnson, and Cliff Williams left, and he said, “No, I never did, because I always knew there would be something to do with AC/DC. For myself, I’ve been there from the beginning, and I always knew there would be something, whether it’d be — even for your record deal, putting together tracks or other material that you might wanna put out, or live stuff, or even some footage or film[ed performances] and stuff.
So I always knew there would be something to do with AC/DC. But as a band, playing live and studio, I can say that was a bit unknown, but I never really thought that [not being able to tour or record new music as AC/DC] would be an ending. ‘Cause I always thought, even if this stopped, somebody’s still gotta be able to carry the pieces. They’re gonna look to someone to pick up the pieces of how it’s gonna be looked after.”
He also discussed his brother Malcolm, “That was [Malcolm’s] whole way of doing things. He always said you plow along, you keep going. When he was first getting sick, he had a lot of help [on AC/DC’s] tour [in support of the] ‘Black Ice’ [album] — he was on medicines, helping him get through that. But he was still coherent and everything. He was even putting down [new song] ideas then also. Whenever I was with him, he would be always saying, ‘We keep going as long as I can do it.’ I always took that from him. And even when he was in hospital and stuff with operations, he was the same — he would say, ‘I wanna be here. I wanna be with you.’ As he said, ‘Keep your head down and keep [playing].'”