The original AC/DC singer Dave Evans recently spoke about his time with the band during a new interview with Paraguay’s ABC TV.
Dave Evans recalls the ‘exciting’ early days
Evans said that being young, they were quite ambitious and it was an exciting feeling for them. They even recorded their first song within a short period of time. Here is what he said during the interview:
“It was very exciting. We were very young guys and very ambitious. We believed that we were the best in the world back then. We weren’t the best then, but we believed that we would be. It happened so quickly. Within four or five months, we were recording our first record. It was incredible. To record a record back in those days was an almost-impossible task. There wasn’t many record labels anywhere in the world and there were so many bands. So to get a record contract and to actually record a record back in those days was being like touched by God, really. That’s how it was.”
He added: “So we were lucky. And our record also was a hit record straight away. And it was named as the best Australian group record of the year at the end of the year. So for a [new] band of young guys, that was an incredible achievement in Australia. Everything happened so quickly. And we did the biggest shows and all that kind of stuff. And, of course, it changed my life forever. And [it’s] one of the reasons why I’m here [in Paraguay] — because of what happened so long ago.”
He was then asked if he still keeps in touch with the Young brothers from AC/DC, Dave responded: “Well, Malcolm’s dead now; he passed away. His son Ross is a close friend of mine, and we keep in contact. I haven’t spoken to Angus for many years; he’s a recluse. And I’m pretty much reclusive myself when I’m not touring. I’m away from people too. I live in the mountains, whenever I can, in Australia or in the forest somewhere away from people. So I haven’t spoken to him for a long, long time. But I spoke with Ross Young, Malcolm’s boy, only about a month ago or so.”
Dave recorded AC/DC’s first two singles, “Can I Sit Next To You Girl” and “Baby, Please Don’t Go”. But in October 1974, less than a year after AC/DC’s first gig, Evans was out of the band. He was replaced by Bon Scott, who sang on AC/DC’s first six studio albums and became a legend himself after his death in 1980.