Evans recalls AC/DC’s first gig
Original AC/DC frontman Dave Evans has recalled the band’s first ever concert, which took place in Australia 40 years ago tonight.
The recently-named outfit, who’d formed two months previously, played two New Year’s Eve sets in Sydney’s Chequers club – one around 11.30pm on December 31, 1973, and another after midnight on January 1, 1974.
Evans tells The Age: “It was a small place, absolutely jammed – there were no laws in those days so it was like sardines.
“The crowd didn’t know us, of course, but it just went off. We all had so much energy. I don’t get nervous before shows but I remember I was nervous before that one. But we knew we were going to kill them, and we did. As soon as the first chord started we were into it.”
He remembers how the fledgling band didn’t have enough material to see them through the night. “Malcolm Young said, ‘We’re about six or seven songs short, so make up some names and we’ll put them through the set.’ So we made up songs on the spot and played them that night.”
Evans was replaced by Bon Scott later in 1974. His departure was acrimonious after his relationship with manager Dennis Laughlin soured – but the vocalist, who still performs worldwide, insists: “I’m very proud to have been one of the founding members of the band.”