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Mark Whitmore Evans (born 2 March 1956) is an Australian bassist best known for his membership of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from March 1975 to June 1977. His playing featured on the albums T.N.T, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock and '74 Jailbreak.

Biography

Evans, originally a guitarist, was introduced to AC/DC at the Station Hotel, Melbourne, by his friend and the band's roadie, Steve McGrath. At the time Malcolm Young was playing the bass in a four-piece line up but switched to guitar and Evans became the bassist.

Evans joined the band having learned all the songs to the original version of High Voltage overnight. He did not actually meet singer Bon Scott until the next gig. Evans' first TV appearance with the band was on the Australian Countdown programme, in which they played "Baby, Please Don't Go" (see Family Jewels). He also appeared in several promotional videos, including the "It's a Long Way to the Top " and "Jailbreak" film clips.

After the recording of Let There Be Rock, Evans experienced personal differences with lead guitarist Angus Young and was replaced by Cliff Williams. At the time, Evans stated, "Both me and the band are better for it." Neither of the Young brothers has ever gone into any great detail of the split, but the CEO of Epic Records, Richard Griffiths, who used to work as a booking agent for AC/DC in the mid-1970s, has stated, "You knew Mark wasn't going to last, he was just too much of a nice guy." Evans' last gig with the band was in Germany in 1977.

After his departure from AC/DC, Evans played in a number of bands including Finch and Contraband. He joined Heaven briefly in 1983 on guitar as a replacement for Mick Cocks but the group broke up almost immediately. He has been performing with ex-Buffalo singer Dave Tice for many years in various versions of his bands and he was a member of The Party Boys in the early 90s.

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Famemarker announced that AC/DC were to be inducted in 2003, ex-members Mark Evans and Bon Scott were both on the list; however Evans' name was later dropped without explanation. Commentators noted at the time that there was a strong case for his inclusion: of the 21 songs in AC/DC's 2003 live show, 8 were originally recorded with Evans.

References

  • "Two Sides To Every Glory", Paul Stenning, 2005
  • "Metal Hammer & Classic Rock present AC/DC", Metal Hammer magazine special, 2005



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