AC/DC Evans Slates Hall Of Fame For Act Of Shame

AC/DC bassist Mark Evans is still angry that he was invited to attend the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and was then uninvited.

AC/DC Evans Slates Hall Of Fame For Act Of Shame
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Early-era AC/DC bassist Mark Evans is still angry that he was invited to attend the band's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and was then uninvited. He joined the band in 1975 and remained for most of their time with Bon Scott, appearing on their first five albums. But after naming him as a "foundation inductee" in 2002, the Hall of Fame changed their minds and left him out of their list of past and present inducted members. Now he says organisers made a mistake in inviting him and they should have apologised for it, rather than trying to cover their error by claiming the situation had changed. Evans writes in his autobiography, "Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC": "At first the Hall of Fame was full of positive signs: I was given dates, details of the induction at the Waldorf Astoria, the arrangements to be made." "But then the temperature turned chilly. When we did get a reply, it was simply to announce that the Hall of Fame had seen fit to review the nomination and had come to the conclusion that I didn't qualify. I was out." Evans says he's not upset about not being included: "In the AC/DC timeline I was there for only a brief time an important time, in my opinion, but a heartbeat by comparison with Cliff Williams' thirty-year-plus tenure." "What I found galling was the Hall of Fame's attitude. If a mistake was made, fine, then they should have dealt with it." "A simple apology or at least an explanation would have been appreciated." Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

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    BenjaminFields
    5 albums with Bon Scottn and AC/DC? Yeah, I think he's more than qualified to be inducted. Shame. Just goes to show you what a crock a shit it is to even be associated with the rock n roll hall of fame.
    buchla200
    The Hall of Fame is an awful institution. They should grovel at his knees..
    Ita3rd
    Cliff Williams has obviously had a longer tenure with the band, but Mark Evans' bass parts are actually pretty prominent in some of the band's earlier works. His work my not be as noticeable, but he definitely did deserve to be acknowledged for his role.
    Nofootcanman
    Mobby32 wrote: He's right about wanting an apology, but he should try to move on.
    It was in an autobiography, a book where you talk about things even if you have moved on from them.
    slaveskinJACKET
    I think 5 albums with Bon Scott beats 10 albums with Bryan Johnson, any day of the week. What a dickhead move by the RnR Hall of Fame.
    vikkyvik
    i had thought that every band member who played on an album was eligible to be inducted with the band. hence, jason newsted being inducted with metallica, but not dave mustaine. oh well, it's a pretty pointless institution anyway.
    codyjt5150
    the Rnr Hall of fame is a joke.Eddie trunk even said something about this in a similar fashion
    goochmaster15
    Well, let's think about this: We're talking about the same institution that inducted Grand Master Flash and has nominated Chaka Kahn, who are definitely NOT Rock and Roll.
    HARTATTACK69
    Eddie Trunk if you're reading this, set up a charity concert with all the bands that should be in the hall of fame, Rush Maiden, Deep Purple, Motorhead, ect and the proceeds go to making a new hall of fame. One that is actually Rock and Metal not rock pop rap country and 7 other genres
    Maiden95
    So....what does it take to become a member of this fine establishment if playing bass on the Dirty Deeds, TNT and Highway To Hell records isn't enough..?
    dpotts2
    I don't pay any attention to the 'R&R Hall of fame' anyway. In my opinion they have made themselves completely irrelevant. They exclude acts like Rush who really should be in and include acts like Donavan who is nowhere near Rock and Roll.
    MoFly41
    As a Clevelander, I'm ashamed sometimes at the HOF. We have very few things to champion in this city, and these *****s have been messing this up from the go. I don't care for Rush or Kiss, but for Effs sake, put them in - they're deserving and long overdue. If they keep stuff like this up, they won't be around much longer.
    Sparda93
    vikkyvik wrote: i had thought that every band member who played on an album was eligible to be inducted with the band. hence, jason newsted being inducted with metallica, but not dave mustaine. oh well, it's a pretty pointless institution anyway.
    Dave was invited, but he declined.
    stompbox
    he was there when it all began and to he 5 cd's under his belt that alone gave him the right to be up there with them ,his name is on the cd's as the bass player on each cd so what the hell going on with those dumb ass's -----I SAY GIVE THEM HELL
    bulusvanua
    in the words of the sex pistols, the rock n roll hall of fame is a "piss stain" And I feel the same about the grammys. Evans has a real legacy in the music he made, if some board of directors in suits decide to snub him it means absolute zero.
    rockgodman
    Yea anyone who takes the hall of fame seriously needs to take a good look at the themselves. Either they change the name to just "music" hall of fame or people should not give them any credibility.
    stonedhippos
    rnr hall of fame is so fake is makes most pornstar's bodies look real. they even have rappers in it. /facepalm
    Kenjisan231
    Didn't Metallica's first bassist join all of them on stage during their induction? He was only in the band for a year before he left and was replaced by Cliff Burton. So, the ****?
    -xCaMRocKx-
    Sure, he was only in AC/DC for a couple of years, but he did play on several albums. Songs with Evans include Long Way to the Top, TNT, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds, Jailbreak, Let There Be Rock... In other words, some of their best stuff. Pretty appalling that they would uninvite him like that.
    Evan42881
    Ok the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needs work, we all know this. But if it's just Rock and Metal, we wouldn't have Metal. Rock musicians are influenced by folk, country, and r and b. Give it a break. I hate RRHF, but seriously, these are important genres to rock.
    Air_Stryker
    Plugging for auto-biography much.
    Eddie Trunk if you're reading this, set up a charity concert with all the bands that should be in the hall of fame, Rush Maiden, Deep Purple, Motorhead, ect and the proceeds go to making a new hall of fame. One that is actually Rock and Metal not rock pop rap country and 7 other genres
    Also this ^
    DrCOOL
    He should get an apology. AC/DC has never been about the bass guitar but he was there for some of their best music. Give the guy a break.
    queenslander47
    Kerry_King_1990 wrote: if Megadeth gets into the Hall Of Fame, what drummer and lead guitarist get in?
    lol that's a good question. Obviously the current ones would be in, then on top of that I'd say definitely Nick Menza and Marty Friedman plus Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson.