Dave Evans (singer)

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Dave Evans
Dave evans & rohan moran.jpg
Dave Evans (centre) on the microphone
Background information
Birth name David Evans
Born (1953-07-20) 20 July 1953 (age 63)
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 1973–1974.

Early life[edit]

Evans was born in the Welsh town of Carmarthen, and he 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 band Rabbit, replacing original singer Greg Douglas. Rabbit released 6 singles and two albums between 1975 and 1977 with the second album, Too Much Rock N Roll released throughout Europe and Japan. His other bands included Dave Evans & Hot Cockerel and Dave Evans Thunder Down Under which released self titled album on Reaction Records.

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 cd's.

In June 2012, Evans performed as guest vocalist for the Norwegian band Barbed Wire on a mini AC/DC tribute tour.[9] 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 and cover versions of classic AC/DC tracks written by the band after his departure.

In June/July 2013, Evans returned to the UK for an 11-date headline tour, celebrating 40 years of AC/DC.[10] 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.[11] 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 in a show called "Ukraine still ROCKS!" and was supported by local AC/DC tribute band D/C Train.[12][13] The show in Kiev was held in the Bike-Rock-N-Roll Club Route 66[14] on 24 May. Evans called it a historic event for him and rock music as a whole. In the same year the singer played in Brazil with his South American Badasses in São Paulo, Paranã and Santa Catarina.


With AC/DC

With Rabbit

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

With Thunder Down Under

  • Dave Evans and Thunder Down Under (1986)


  • A Hell of a Night (2001)
  • Sinner (2004)
  • Judgement Day (2008)
  • Nothing to Prove (2014) – EP
  • What about Tomorrow (2014) – EP
  • Wild (2017) – EP

With Blood Duster

With John Nitzinger

  • Revenge (2013) (album)


  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; Rob Johnstone (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. ^ "Barbed Wire - Barbed Wire added a new photo — with... - Facebook". 
  10. ^ "Dave Evans : press release 28th February 2013". 
  11. ^ Video on YouTube
  12. ^ http://www.veooz.com/photos/5H08F8_.html
  14. ^ 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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