During a recent interview with DJ Grant from New Zealand’s Galaxy 107 FM, former AC/DC lead singer Dave Evans looked back on when he was replaced by late vocalist Bon Scott. According to Evans, Scott got popular by rerecording his songs and imitating his shows, however, Bon wasn’t the one who should be blamed for copying Dave.
For those of you who may not know, Chris Evans had a brief tenure with AC/DC from its inception in November 1973 until September 1974. During his time with the band, Evans appeared on their debut single, ‘Can I Sit Next To You, Girl’/ ‘Rocking in the Parlour,’ and did a low-budget promotional video for the demo.
Shortly after, the singer was replaced by Bon Scott, who carried the band into a whole other level with his character, sense of humor, and attitude. While things were going pretty well for them, the lead singer, unfortunately, passed away at the age of 33 on February 19, 1980, due to alcohol poisoning.
During a recent interview, Dave Evans opened up about the late singer and stated that Bon Scott did many things in the band that Evans had already done, such as re-recording already existing songs. However, he didn’t forget to mention that it wasn’t exactly Scott’s fault to record them since it was a band decision.
After showing signs of jealousy at first, the former AC/DC singer expressed his appreciation for what the late frontman did during his tenure that lasted only for six years. According to him, Bon Scott was already washed up when he joined the band but managed to leave a legacy behind. Unfortunately, his lifestyle and addiction led him down a dangerous path at some point and caused his passing, if you ask Evans.
According to Blabbermouth, Evans said:
“You’ve gotta remember that Bon Scott did a lot of the songs that I already did, like ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go,’ we already did that. That’s the song that I got Angus upon my shoulders, and, of course, he used to watch us doing our show, so he copied that. I understand that he copied what I was doing. And the songs too, and re-recorded them and re-wrote the lyrics to some of the songs that I had already put down. But he was told to do that.
I know that he was under instructions to do this, so I don’t really hold it against Bon Scott for that, because when he joined the band, he was washed up at the time, and he got a great chance to do something, and he did too. He did a great job, but his lifestyle just let him down.”
There’s no doubt that Bon Scott was a legendary singer and performer during his tenure with AC/DC. However, Evans noted that Scott’s lifestyle was to blame when it came to his passing. But it should be mentioned that nearly every rockstar had an addiction problem back in the day, and not all of them passed away due to their substance abuse.