Dave Evans (singer)

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Dave Evans
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Background information
BornCarmarthen, Wales
GenresRock, hard rock
Years active1973–present

Dave Evans is an Australian singer. He was the original lead singer for the Australian hard rock band AC/DC in 1973–1974 and sang on their debut single shortly before being replaced by Bon Scott. Evans then went on to join the band Rabbit who were active into the early 1980s. He resumed a solo career shortly after the year 2000.

Early life[edit]

Evans was born in the Welsh town of Carmarthen, and his family moved to Australia when he was five years old. 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]


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 from its inception in November 1973 until September 1974 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] It peaked nationally at number 50 on the Aria (Kent) charts. The song was later re-recorded with Bon Scott. They replaced Evans with Scott while changing their sound from glam rock to harder blues rock.[6] Evans has cited jealousy and a physical altercation with the manager during a heavy national tour as the reason for his dismissal,[4][7] and has also said in interviews that the early history of AC/DC is unjustly ignored.[7] Former AC/DC manager Michael Browning wrote in his memoir Dog Eat Dog of Evans: "No disrespect to Dave, but they wouldn't have made it with him as singer. He could sing OK, but he didn't have the character Bon brought into the band. The character, the sense of humour, the swagger. They were never going to go as far as they went with Dave out front. Bon was the real deal."[8]

After AC/DC[edit]

After AC/DC, Evans joined Newcastle (New South Wales) band Rabbit, replacing original singer Greg Douglas.[9] Rabbit released six singles and two albums between 1975 and 1977 with the second album, Too Much Rock N Roll, released in Europe and Japan. His other bands included "Dave Evans & Hot Cockerel" and "Dave Evans Thunder Down Under", which released one self-titled album through Reaction Records.

Evans singing with Rohan Moran

Evans also released 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. Since then he has released six solo CDs.


With AC/DC

With Rabbit

  • Rabbit (1975)
  • Too Much Rock'n'Roll (1976)

With Thunder Down Under

  • David Evans and Thunder Down Under (1986)


  • A Hell of a Night (2000)
  • Sinner (2004)
  • Judgement Day (2008)
  • Nothing to Prove (2014) – EP
  • What About Tomorrow (2014) – EP
  • Wild (2017) – EP
  • Lightning & Thunder Live Latin American Tour (2019)
  • Live (2020)
  • Live on Fox Sports (2021) – EP


  • Icons of Classic Rock Dave Evans (2011)
  • Badass Greatest Hits (2021)

With Blood Duster

With John Nitzinger

  • Revenge (2013) (album)


  • Bad Ass Boy (2020)
  • We Don't Dance to Your Song [Live] (2020)
  • Who's Gonna Rock Me? (2021)
  • Rockin' in the Parlor [Live] (2021)
  • Reach for the Sky [AlRock Live Sessions] (2021)
  • Guitarman (2022)
  • Heartbreak Hotel (2022)


  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 "Dave Evans interview".
  5. ^ Saulnier, Jason (3 January 2013). "Dave Evans Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  6. ^ Stenning, Paul (November 2005). AC/DC – Two Sides to Every Glory. Chrome Dreams. pp. 32–34. ISBN 1-84240-308-7.
  7. ^ a b "– AC/DC are ignoring their history". NRK. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  8. ^ Adams, Cameron (10 October 2014). "AC/DC's Bon Scott went to maternity ward where two women were having his children". News.com.au. News Corp Australia Network. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  9. ^ Dave Evans. "Rabbit". Retrieved 3 September 2021.

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