Dave Evans (singer)

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Dave Evans
Birth name David Evans
Born (1953-07-20) 20 July 1953 (age 61)
Origin Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Rock, hard rock
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1973–present
Associated acts AC/DC, Rabbit, The Badasses, The Hot Cockerels, Thunder Down Under, The Apprentices
Website Dave Evans on Myspace

Dave Evans (born 20 July 1953) is a Welsh-born Australian singer who briefly sang for the Australian hard rock band AC/DC in 1974.

Early life[edit]

Evans was born in the Welsh town of Carmarthen, and moved to Australia at the age of five with his parents. They settled in the Queensland city of Townsville, and later moved to Charters Towers, where he formed his first band at the age of seventeen. He later moved to Sydney.[1][2]

AC/DC[edit]

Evans was one of several members of AC/DC before the band matured and began to play all original music, along with Colin Burgess and Larry Van Kriedt.[3] He was a member of the band for less than ten months before officially being replaced by Bon Scott in October 1974. During his time with AC/DC, Evans recorded one single, a Young/Young composition ("Can I Sit Next To You, Girl"/ "Rocking in the Parlour") which was released in Australia and New Zealand. A low-budget promotional video for the demo was also shot.[4][5] The song was later re-recorded professionally with Bon Scott. Evans has cited jealousy as the reason for his dismissal,[4] and has also said there would be no AC/DC if not for him.[6]

After AC/DC[edit]

After AC/DC, Evans joined Newcastle band Rabbit, replacing original singer Greg Douglas. Rabbit released 6 singles and two albums between 1975 and 1977. His other bands included Dave Evans & The Hot Cockerels and Thunder Down Under.

Evans has also released three solo albums. The first was a live recording, A Hell of a Night, which was a memorial gig for Bon Scott. It was recorded on the 20th anniversary of Scott's death, with Melbourne AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck . The second, Sinner was released in February 2006. In April 2010 he released his Judgement Day album in the UK through independent label Rocksector Records.

Evans has toured in Europe with Munich band, Thunderstruck and with his own band, The Badasses as support to USA southern rock band, Molly Hatchet.

Dave Evans returned to Australia in late 2008, to perform at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival with The Party Boys, and later played a number of shows in the country with a band of young musicians from Victoria.

In May/June 2010 Evans undertook a UK Tour with a UK version of his Baddasses backing band. The band included Chris Appleton from Fury UK on lead guitar, Marshall Gill from New Model Army on lead guitar, Martin McNee from Fury UK on drums & Leon Gill on bass.

In 2011, Dave Evans and The Aussie Badasses played at The Cherry Bar in ACDC Lane.

In June 2012, Evans performed as guest vocalist for the Norwegian band Barbed Wire on a mini AC/DC tribute tour.[7] The tour started with a concert on Trondheim Rock. Barbed Wire played as opening act to Twisted Sister. Evans then flew back to the UK for a 12-date headline tour, performing songs from Judgement Day & cover versions of classic AC/DC tracks written by the band after his departure.

In April 2013 Evans released the album Revenge, a collaboration with Texan blues rock guitarist John Nitzinger. A promotional music video was made for the lead track.[8]

In June/July 2013, Evans returned to the UK for a 14-date headline tour, celebrating 40 years of AC/DC.[9] He released a single "Little Headbanger" from 'Judgement Day' as a promo music video for the tour, but the music once again failed to make any charts.[10] He also played four dates with Long Way To The Top – The AC/DC Spectacular.

Dave Evans returned to Europe In May 2014. He performed in Kiev, and called the show "Ukraine still ROCKS!"[11] and was supported by local AC/DC tribute band – D/C Train.[12] The show in Kiev was held in the Bike-Rock-N-Roll Club Route 66[13] on 24 May. Dave Evans called it a historic event for him and rock music as a whole.

Discography[edit]

With AC/DC

With Rabbit

  • Rabbit (1976)
  • Too Much Rock N Roll (1976)

With Thunder Down Under

  • Thunder Down Under (1986)

Solo

  • Hell of a Night (2001)
  • Sinner (2006)
  • Judgement Day (2008)

With Blood Duster

With John Nitzinger

  • Revenge (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Heather (2009). AC/DC: Hard Rock Band. Enslow Publishers. pp. 22–. ISBN 978-0-7660-3031-2. 
  2. ^ Gibson, Mark (13 July 2009). "Dave Evans". Australian Music History. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Why AC/DC Matters, by Anthony Bozza
  4. ^ a b 2007 interview with Dave Evans at markprindle.com
  5. ^ Saulnier, Jason (3 January 2013). "Dave Evans Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Hart, Josh (14 June 2012). "Original AC/DC Vocalist Dave Evans: "There Would Be No AC/DC Without Me"". Guitar World. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Mini tour poster
  8. ^ "Revenge" music video
  9. ^ http://www.mwaweb.com/dave_evans_press_release_28feb2013.htm
  10. ^ Video on YouTube
  11. ^ http://www.veooz.com/photos/5H08F8_.html
  12. ^ http://vk.com/dctrain
  13. ^ http://www.route66.com.ua

Other references[edit]

  • Highway to Hell: The Life and Times of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott, Clinton Walker, 1994 ISBN 0-7251-0742-1
  • Who's Who of Australian Rock, Chris Spencer, Paul McHenry, Zbig Nowara 2002 ISBN 1-86503-891-1
  • "Two Sides To Every Glory", Paul Stenning, 2005
  • "Metal Hammer & Classic Rock present AC/DC", Metal Hammer magazine special, 2005

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