Australian bassist who is currently playing for Rose Tattoo and also the former member of AC/DC, Mark Evans, was recently interviewed by the official YouTube channel of ‘Let There Be Talk’ and shared the story of how he was ‘brutally’ fired from AC/DC back in June 1977.
Mark Whitmore Evans was born in 1956 and he is considered one of the most talented musicians of the story of Australia. While he was the long-time buddy with Steve McGrath who was the roadie of AC/DC, he joined AC/DC in 1975. However, after just two years, he was fired from the band due to his personal issues with Angus Young and also the musical differences.
In his latest interview with Dean Delray, Mark has gone deep into his history with AC/DC and revealed the real reason why he was fired from the band as well as how Malcolm Young got into a stink with Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler.
Let There Be Talk asked:
“Tell me how the firing went down – was it a management call? Was it Malcolm? And why did you get fired? Was it a vocal thing, you guys just butting heads, you and Angus – what was it?”
Former AC/DC star Mark Evans responded:
“Well, when it happened – it wasn’t so much a surprise, but it was still a bit of a shock. The band hit a little bit of a flat spot. We were touring in Europe with Black Sabbath – we were going to finish in Helsinki [Finland], and then we were going to be going straight to the States.
But in that period, when we went back and started the European tour – it was very early 1977. The label in the States – they dropped the band! They were out so we didn’t have a deal in America. Because they heard ‘Dirty Deeds’ and said, ‘Nah, we’re not releasing it.’ Seems incredible now but that was it.
So that sort of destabilized the band had things a bit rocky. And then we were out in the road with Black Sabbath, and a few things happened on that tour.
I had a bit of a run-in with Angus. I think I got up in his nose about something maybe, but maybe if I had been a bit more mature and maybe not drank so much, I would be able to handle the situation better. And then Malcolm got into a stink with [Black Sabbath bassist] Geezer Butler for some reason. I don’t know how it happened, but Malcolm had a full dance card with the drinks at night, and he went back to the hotel with Black Sabbath. I wasn’t there, but for some reason, he ended up knocking out Geezer Butler.
I don’t know why but he knocked him, he KO’d him. But there was a story that someone had a gun or someone had a knife. And the next morning, when we were going out of town, Mal said, ‘I’ve got to stop at the hotel and go in there.’
What was he doing going into the Black Sabbath hotel? Because we really wouldn’t have anything to do with a lot of other bands, except we had a fair bit to do with Ozzy [Osbourne] because Bon [Scott] and Ozzy sort of linked up. If you want a wild night on the river in Hamburg – go out with Ozzy and Bon together. Man, a wrecking machine.”
“Anyway, Malcolm ended up clocking Geezer, went to the hotel, he would come outside – it’s not looking good – and we got kicked off the tour. So we had about a month left, and that day we got thrown off the tour because of it. And then there was much gnashing of teeth.
During that period, I turned 21 years old. So we were in London and the guys threw me a great, great party in this German beer seller on Edgware Road – a monster of a party!
The person who shall remain nameless at this stage – it was someone who was a brother of someone who was around the band – come up to me and said, ‘Oh, happy birthday, mate. There’s a great party you have in here, that’s really good. So how come you’re leaving the band?’ And I went, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Yeah, yeah, you’re finishing up soon, I believe I got told.’ ‘Hey, what are you fucking talking about?’ That was it, that’s how I found out I was going out of the band. That’s why I bailed out from the party. I said, ‘Fuck this!’ and took off.
And they had like a cake and ‘Happy Birthday Mark,’ and all that, and I wasn’t there! I got the shits, went outside, caught a cab, went to the speakeasy, and then got myself tanked up at the speakeasy. I ran into a couple of guys in different bands, I was happy, I had a birthday party at the speakeasy with a couple of guys from other bands.
I just batted it up, I just thought it gotta be fucking around. But, anyway, it wasn’t. But that’s life, man, shit happens. And you asked about the actual meeting, and it was put to me at that stage by Malcolm that they wanted to get someone in that can do backing vocals. So that’s what it was. I think it went deeper than that. And they said, ‘Well, you don’t sing.’ No one asked me! I actually do sing. I do, I’ve always done something. I’ve been doing backing vocals in AC/DC. In ‘T.N.T.’, I’ll go, ‘Oi, oi, oi’ – I’m on the record doing that!
But I like a philosophical attitude, some people could get bent out of shape by something like that, that happened, but I look back and I’ve just nothing to put but good memories. A lot of love and respect for the band.”
You can watch the full interview below.
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