DAVE EVANS

 BIOGRAPHY:

Dave Evans originally arrived in Australia from Carmarthen Wales,
aged five, and settled in North Queensland with his family. After
forming his first band In Session in Charters Towers when he was
seventeen he moved to Sydney where he formed a band (no name
yet!) with Malcolm Young, Colin Burgess and Larry van Kriedt - a
week later Maclom's younger brother Angus joined. Malcolm and
Angus' sister-in-law Sandra came up with the name AC/DC - to
signify power and energy - and so one of the greatest rock and
roll bands ever was born!

AC/DC's first gig was at Chequers Nightclub in Sydney (see Photo
Gallery) on New Years Eve 1973 and the band went on to attract a
strong live following in the next few months before recording
their first single - Can I Sit Next To You Girl b/w Rocking In
The Parlour.

At this time Angus started wearing his now famous schoolboy
uniform (has he ever taken it off?!?!) and with their single
racing up the national charts AC/DC undertook a gruelling tour
beginning at the Sydney Opera House and then playing to packed
houses all around Australia. Life on the road is tough for any
band and frictions and egos increased steadily until a punch-up
between Evans and their manager made life on tour unbearable -
and a split between Evans and AC/DC became inevitable.

Bon Scott was a friend of Malcolm and Angus' elder brother George
Young (a member of the legendary Easybeats - Friday On My Mind -
and a well-known Australian record producer with Harry Vanda) and
had seen the band perform in Adelaide. He agreed to join AC/DC,
by this stage one of the leading rock bands in Australia, and he
and the band went on to rock and roll immortality as one of the
biggest bands in the world.

After parting ways with AC/DC Dave Evans moved to Newcastle just
north of Sydney and joined up and coming hard rock outfit Rabbit
in early 1975. Rabbit were already the number one rock band in
Newcastle and the surrounding area and Dave had seen them
performing at Chequers nightclub in Sydney and was impressed with
their confronting stage presence.

It wasn't long until they had signed with CBS records and
recorded their first album "Rabbit" which had mediocre success.
In 1976 they recorded the album "Too Much Rock And Roll" and with
their appearances on the numerous television pop/rock shows this
album launched them into national popularity. Rabbit were
described as frenetic, violently hedonistic and Dave himself was
described as savegly heterosexual. Rabbit after-show parties were
always wild affairs and popular with friends, fans and groupies.

The "Too Much Rock And Roll" album was then distributed in Japan,
Germany, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Norway and
Denmark. Although sales were steady Rabbit did not tour these
countries as two members called it quits after a gruelling three
month Australian tour. The band continued after adding a new
drummer and released the single "Let Me" but it wasn't the same
feeling without the two original members and the band folded in
1978.

Dave Evans and Thunder Down Under was formed in 1985 after his
previous band, Dave Evans and Hot Cockerel, was forced to change
its musical style. Dave Evans and Hot Cockerel were a heavy two
guitar rock act and the music was back to basics rock - which was
Dave Evans's musical roots with AC/DC - but although the band
played to packed houses they could not get a record contract. At
the time - mid 80's - the Australian record companies were
signing bands dominated by synthesisers and with very little
heavy guitar riffs and power chords.

After being turned down again and again (with apologies!) despite
the fact that the band was putting bums on seats, Dave decided to
try a new approach by combining the heavy guitar sounds with
synth, brass and strings and adding a strong vocal harmony
component.

This worked and he signed with independent label Reaction
Records. He recruited all new musicians and called the new band
Dave Evans and Thunder Down Under. He had just started getting
airplay on radio and the film clip on MTV when Reaction Records
went bust leaving him high and dry with no other record company
willing to take over the album due to litigation proceedings with
the Reaction Records directors.

The album then sat in limbo until its recent re-release through
Ecstasy Records. Now with the release of "A Hell Of A Night!"
Dave is back where he belongs - belting out numbers to his hard
rock fans and LOVING IT!!

A possible UK/European tour is being currently looked into with
top AC/DC tribute Dirty DC as backing band. Expect tunes like
TNT, Highway to Hell, Rock and Roll Singer, Ride On, It's a Long
Way to the Top, Rocking in the Parlour, an many more including
some of Dave's own!

LINKS: www.daveevans.au.com
www.dirtydc.com



Last update: 12 Nov. 2002

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