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Original AC/DC Singer DAVE EVANS On Group’s Early Days: ‘We Believed That We Were The Best In The World Back Then’

In a brand new interview with Paraguay’s ABC TV, unique AC/DC singer Dave Evans mirrored on his time with the band, saying (as transcribed by Phoosi): “It was very thrilling. We have been very younger guys and really bold. We believed that we have been the perfect on the earth again then. We weren’t the perfect then, however we believed that we’d be. It occurred so rapidly. Inside 4 or 5 months, we have been recording our first document. It was unimaginable. To document a document again in these days was an almost-impossible job. There wasn’t many document labels anyplace on the earth and there have been so many bands. So to get a document contract and to really document a document again in these days was being like touched by God, actually. That is the way it was. So we have been fortunate. And our document additionally was successful document immediately. And it was named as the perfect Australian group document of the yr on the finish of the yr. So for a [new] band of younger guys, that was an unimaginable achievement in Australia. The whole lot occurred so rapidly. And we did the largest exhibits and all that sort of stuff. And, after all, it modified my life endlessly. And [it’s] one of many explanation why I am right here [in Paraguay] — due to what occurred so way back.”

Requested if he nonetheless retains in contact with the Younger brothers from AC/DC, Dave responded: “Properly, Malcolm‘s useless now; he handed away. His son Ross is an in depth pal of mine, and we maintain in touch. I have never spoken to Angus for a few years; he is a recluse. And I am just about reclusive myself after I’m not touring. I am away from folks too. I dwell within the mountains, each time I can, in Australia or within the forest someplace away from folks. So I have never spoken to him for an extended, very long time. However I spoke with Ross Younger, Malcolm‘s boy, solely a couple of month in the past or so.”

Final fall, Evans recorded two new songs with legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen, finest recognized for having been helmed three of METALLICA‘s early albums, plus profitable a Grammy for his work on METALLICA‘s “One” in 1989. One of many tracks, “Guitarman”, was written by Danish musician and composer Nicolas Robinson of THE UNIVERZALS, whereas the second observe is a canopy of an Elvis Presley traditional that Evans had beforehand carried out with AC/DC.

“Guitarman”, that includes cowl artwork by Ed Unitsky, will likely be launched this month through Argentina’s Chrystal Information in collaboration with Denmark’s Interspace Rock Productions.

Dave recorded AC/DC‘s first two singles, “Can I Sit Subsequent To You Woman” and “Child, Please Do not Go”. However in October 1974, lower than a yr after AC/DC‘s first gig, Evans was out of the band. He was changed by Bon Scott, who sang on AC/DC‘s first six studio albums and have become a legend himself after his loss of life in 1980.

In a 2021 interview with DJ Grant from New Zealand’s Galaxy 107 FM, Evans mentioned about being changed by Scott: “You have gotta do not forget that Bon Scott did loads of the songs that I already did, like ‘Child, Please Do not Go’, we already did that. That is the track that I obtained Angus [Young, AC/DC guitarist] up on my shoulders, and, after all, he used to observe us doing our present, so he copied that. I perceive that he copied what I used to be doing. And the songs too, and re-recorded them and re-wrote the lyrics to among the songs that I had already put down. However he was informed to do this. I do know that he was beneath directions to do that, so I do not actually maintain it towards Bon Scott for that, as a result of when he joined the band, he was washed up on the time, and he obtained an incredible likelihood to do one thing, and he did too. He did an incredible job, however his way of life simply let him down.”

Final yr, Dave was requested in an interview with The Rocker Diaries if he thought “that will be it” for AC/DC after Bon‘s loss of life in 1980. He responded: “No, in no way. I imply, all of us maintain going. And AC/DC has had that many gamers by means of [the history of] the band. I do not know what number of. 20? And three singers, plus a stand-in singer as effectively.

“We have been at all times bold after we first began,” he continued. “We at all times needed to be the perfect on the earth — all of us. And after me, Bon Scott obtained his likelihood. He did nice with the band. And when he died, I simply thought, ‘Who’re they gonna get?’ I by no means thought [I would be approached about it] myself, as a result of that is water beneath the bridge. And I used to be busy with bands as effectively on the time, and doing my very own music and recording. I used to be simply questioning who it could be. I had heard of [Brian Johnson‘s pre-AC/DC band] GEORDIE — simply the title GEORDIE. I might by no means heard of Brian. After which Brian popped up and, after all, the ‘Again In Black’ album got here out, which was an enormous album world wide, and so they have been off and working with Brian. But when Brian stop, they’d get one other singer, and one other singer. [They’ve gone through] totally different bass gamers [and] totally different drummers.

“The drive was at all times Malcolm Younger,” Dave added. “I keep in mind Malcolm after I first met him. He was such a driving power. Only a tiny little man — just a bit contact over 5 foot tall — however, boy, he had an enormous coronary heart and an enormous character. And he was robust, too — Malcolm was very robust. And it doesn’t matter what, he was AC/DC by means of and thru. And, after all, as soon as he handed away, which may be very unhappy, AC/DC, after all, won’t ever, ever be the identical with out Malcolm. How can it’s?”

In Could 2021, Evans launched a brand new compilation album known as “BADASS Best Hits”. The trouble comprises “20 huge hits on one album,” together with Dave‘s model of “Rockin’ In The Parlour”, the track that initially appeared because the B-side of the “Can I Sit Subsequent to You Woman” single.

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