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Dave Evans


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There are several artists who share the name Dave Evans.

(1) the 1970’s AC/DC frontman;
(2) the British finger-picking acoustic guitarist;
(3) the American traditional Bluegrass banjo player, singer and songwriter

(1) Dave Evans was recruited into AC/DC in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, along with drummer Colin Burgess and bass player Larry Van Kriedt. He stayed with the band for a few months before being replaced by Bon Scott around September 1974. During his time with AC/DC, Evans recorded one single (“Can I Sit Next To You Girl” / “Rocking In The Parlour”) which was released in Australia and New Zealand. A promotional video for “Can I Sit Next To You” was also produced. There is, however, an AC/DC bootleg titled In The Beginning which features Evans on vocals. He was also present on their first national tour supporting Lou Reed.

The Young brothers soon felt that Evans was not a suitable frontman for the group. According to them, he was more of a “glam rocker”, inspired by the likes of Gary Glitter. Occasionally Evans would be replaced on stage by the band’s first manager Dennis Laughlin, and when veteran rock vocalist Bon Scott met the Youngs and expressed an interest in joining the band, it soon became apparent that Evans’ time with AC/DC was coming to an end. Evans also had personal problems with Laughlin, which contributed to the ill-feeling towards him.

After AC/DC, Evans joined a band called Rabbit, replacing original singer Greg Douglas. Rabbit released a few singles and two albums, both in 1976. Rabbit were particularly influenced by the UK band, Sweet. However, the group only achieved mild success in Australia. His other bands included Thunder Down Under and Hot Cockerel.


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