On New Year's Eve in 1973, AC/DC played its first-ever concert at Chequers nightclub in Sydney, Australia. On the 40th anniversary of this historic gig, AC/DC's original lead singer, Dave Evans, tells The Age (see video below): "People were pretty excited about us. The drummer was Colin Burgess from the famous MASTERS APPRENTICES, and they knew that Malcolm and Angus Young were brothers of the famous George Young from THE EASYBEATS."
Evans recently entered the studio to record a brand new four-song EP for release via Rocksector Records. Entitled "Nothing To Prove", the effort will include three brand new tracks co-written with Chris Appleton of ABSOLVA, plus one "surprise" cut.
Evans was a member of AC/DC from the band's inception in 1973 until 1974. Following his departure from AC/DC, Dave Evans formed the wild hedonistic rock band RABBIT, Melbourne '80s rock outfit DAVE EVANS AND THUNDER DOWN UNDER, and lastly DAVE EVANS AND HOT COCKEREL. Dave Evans has also toured as a solo act, and in 2008 released "Judgement Day" through MGM.
In a recent interview with Wales Online, Evans said that it was about time his former bandmates acknowledged the part he played in their history.
"They like to pretend in interviews that Bon Scott (the tattooed Scottish-born singer who took over vocals from Evans in 1974) was there from the very beginning," he said. "The truth of the matter is that a lot went on before Bon became involved — in fact, the band had already got through two bass players, three drummers and a handful of managers by that point. Actually, Bon used to come to our early gigs. He had a beard and played flute in a hippie band called FRATERNITY at the time — and all the stuff he'd later do onstage with AC/DC, like taking off his shirt and carrying Angus (Young, guitarist) around on his shoulders, was nicked off me. He was a good chameleon, what can I say?"
Evans claimed in 2011 that he was dropped from the "Long Live Bon Scott" series of tribute concerts because of pressure from the family of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.
"To me it is an insult," Dave told Undercover. "Bon would be rolling in his grave."
He added, "I never had a problem with Bon. He had an opportunity to take my place and become the singer for AC/DC. I would have done the same thing."
"Bon was a rock and roller and as hard as me. I left home when I was 16 and was knocking about the Cross. He was quite a few years older than me but we grew up tough and did the hard knocks. My relationship with Bon has nothing to do with this. I have always showed great respect to Bon and the fans will attest to that. My fans are up in arms about this."