Monday, December 30, 2013

Original AC/DC singer recalls band’s first concert 40 years ago

Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans is sharing the story of the band’s first-ever concert 40 years ago.

"People were pretty excited about us,” Evans tells The Age about the band’s debut on New Year’s Eve 1973. “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."

The as-yet untitled AC/DC played two short sets at Chequers that night - one at about 11.30pm and the second in the early hours of New Year's Day, which was a rather impromptu affair.

"Malcolm said, 'Look, we're about six or seven songs short, so make up some names and we'll put them through the set' type thing, you know,” he continued. “And they said, 'Guys and Dave, make up the songs.' So we made up songs on the spot and played them that night."

Evans was in the lineup for AC/DC’s debut single, “Can I Sit Next To You, Girl", which was released in July of 1974; he left the band a few months later and was replaced by Bon Scott.

In the years since, Evans' career has been a combination of AC/DC and Bon Scott tribute shows, performing with the Newcastle band Rabbit, solo work and collaborations.

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