Dave Evans: Give Me My Place In AC/DC History

AC/DC's first singer Dave Evans is proud to be a part of the band's history but wishes his former colleagues would be more up-front about their early years.

Dave Evans: Give Me My Place In AC/DC History
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AC/DC's first singer Dave Evans is proud to be a part of the band's history but wishes his former colleagues would be more up-front about their early years. He feels he and original drummer Colin Burgess have been unfairly written out of the Australian giants' official story. And he regrets his next band, Rabbit, never got the chance to share a stage with them, because he believes they'd have bested his old outfit. Evans was replaced by Bon Scott in 1974 ahead of the outfit's climb to fame. The material he recorded with them has never been released outside Australia and the Welsh-born singer says that annoys him and AC/DC fans. He tells NRK: "They to pretend the first history of the band never existed. In most of the interviews it's like Bon was there from the very beginning. "But the cat's out of the bag. The early history is important there would be no AC/DC without me, no AC/DC without Colin Burgess. When they didn't include us on the Family Jewels DVD many fans saw that as spite and got disappointed in them. "It's part of the history and everyone knows. Are you going to keep spite for all this time? But it's up to them." Evans's departure came after a breakdown in relations with the band's then manager, Dennis Laughlin. That followed Burgess becoming the first band member to be sacked months previously. "The manager was ripping us off blind," Evans insists. "Nothing has been proved, but we were starving while doing the best gigs in the country. We've got a hit record and we're trying to pull money at table to buy a fucking hamburger and at the same time he's flying across the country, getting his hair permed, buying new clothes and all that stuff." He labels the suggestion his departure came after he missed shows as "bullsh-t," stating he was present at shows he couldn't perform because of voice problems, when Laughlin stood in. "The manager got up with the band, and people walked out," he recounts. "It was crap. Any normal band would have cancelled. I was there. I was watching." Read the entire article at ClassicRockMagazine.com.

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    Jesus_Dean
    Jeeeezzz, it would suck to be booted out of a band, then have that band go on to become one of the most famous rock bands EVER.
    jrchevy2005
    There is a reason that he is not included in their history, he didn't make it. AC/DC were nobody until they got Bon. The material they recorded with Dave is not impressive, I did not like Dave's voice and neither did the band. He didn't fit the sound they were looking for. I think Brian is the best singer of the three (and I know many fans will disagree with me), and I really like Bon too, but Dave is not a part of what AC/DC is.
    mradubz33
    So this dude that no one has heard of, and had nothing to do with the success of AC/DC, wants to be recognized? Seems fair to me. I would be annoyed that I didn't make any money and the manager was spending earnings on getting a perm hahaha
    acdcrocks101
    @jakesta97 I love how u signed it as a loyal fan cause the truth is if u wore a true acdc fan u wouldn't act that way. Maybe u should b the one to jump off a bridge.
    acdcrocks101
    Its also well documented dave is the original acdc singer any real fan of acdc would know that but I feel he wasn't right for acdc. His solo stuff is really good. Check out JUDGEMENT DAY and SOLD MY SOUL TO ROCK N ROLL. Great stuff.
    jakesta97
    Your a douchebag Dave thats why they got rid of you. That was 40 years ago go build a fu**ing bridge and JUMP OFF IT. Bon and Brian are 100000'00000 times better than you were. SIGNED LOyaL/AC/dC/FaN
    HigherThanAMile
    Hmmm...this is just as funny as any surviving member of The Monkees saying "Well Jimi Hendrix opened for US." LOLOL
    Shredderman2010
    he hasnt been written out. it's very well known that he was the original singer. I do however believe they could have gotten where they are now without him. It was Malcom, Angus and George's work that got them places. He didn't do THAT much for the band. his recording of Can I Sit Next To You is pretty cool though.
    Lacebad
    mradubz33 wrote: So this dude that no one has heard of, and had nothing to do with the success of AC/DC, wants to be recognized? Seems fair to me. I would be annoyed that I didn't make any money and the manager was spending earnings on getting a perm hahaha
    Yes. NO ONE ever heard of Dave Evans