Dave Evans has been a part of several hit rock bands in Australia including: Rabbit, The Badasses, Thunder Down Under and the Australian Velvet Underground. But he will forever be known as one of the founding members of one of the most successful bands of all time, ACDC. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Wednesday to talk about his legendary career.
“I’d been in a band earlier called Velvet Underground (The Australian Velvet Underground)…We broke up eventually and I was without a band so I put an ad in the Sydney Morning Herald, for an ad looking for a singer that sang the Rolling Stones and Free and all that kind of thing, which I was in to, and it happened to be Malcolm Young on the end of that line...He was putting a band together and he’d heard of me and of course I’d heard of him. He asked me to come over that afternoon to Newtown, a suburb of Sydney, to have a jam with Colin Burgess on drums and another guy, Larry Van Kriedt. So I arrived there and we jammed and they all shook hands and we all shook hands and I was in the band.”
He also talked about why he eventually left the band.
“When our single (Can
I Sit Next to You Girl?) was released, we had our third base player, third
drummer, and third manager. And I didn’t
get on with those guys. I didn’t know
them. They were from Melbourne, we were
a Sydney band. And it was morphing into
something I didn’t like. The songs were
fantastic. The hit record we had was
fantastic. The shows were great and all
that kind of stuff. But I wasn’t getting
on with any of them.
And those times Malcolm Young was getting very jealous all the time because I just happened to be popular with the girls and Malcolm didn’t have a girlfriend. So he was very jealous. So Malcolm and I sort of fell out because of that. And then the manager, we all thought he was doing the wrong thing by us as far as money was concerned because we were doing a lot of shows – the major shows in Australia – Sometimes two or three shows an evening – and we were absolutely flat broke. We were pooling our money together to buy hamburgers and French fries…So I left the band.”
And finally, Evans gave some insight about how he came to be known as “Savagely Heterosexual.”
“We were all young guys. And I was just damn lucky to be in a situation where we had a hit record on our hands, which was amazing to be that popular with the guys and the girls. And I remember Colin Burgess telling me when we first got together ‘Look Dave. It’s fantastic once you get a hit record and stuff like that. I go to sleep in the hotel room and when I wake up there’ll be three girls sitting on the floor looking at me.’ And I went ‘I want to hang with you Colin’.”
Take a listen to this very entertaining interview and be sure to check out Dave’s website.