Mark Evans Explains Whether Bon Scott Was An ‘Out-Of-Control Dude’ As Everyone Assumed
In an interview with Let There Be Talk, former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans talked about the rumors related to the band’s late frontman Bon Scott and his extreme lifestyle as a ‘lunatic drunk.’
As you might know, Mark Evans joined AC/DC back in 1975 two years later the band released their debut album, ‘High Voltage.’ At the time of Evans’ joining to AC/DC, Bon Scott was on vocals, Phil Rudd on drums, Angus Young on lead guitar while his brother Malcolm Young was on bass guitar. After Mark joined the band to play bass guitar, Malcolm switched to playing rhythm guitar.
After they recorded AC/DC’s fourth studio album, ‘Let There Be Rock,’ Evans left the band in 1977 mainly due to musical differences and possibly some disputed with Angus Young. Soon later, Mark was replaced with Cliff Williams. Almost three years later, the band’s iconic frontman, Bon Scott passed away due to acute alcohol poisoning.
Recently, Mark Evans joined an interview with Let There Be Talk and looked back to the rumors about Bon Scott’s being an out-of-control dude. During the conversation, Evans stated that almost everyone was out of control back in the day to justify Scott’s behaviors. He referred to Bon as their social director who was similar to a ‘mad uncle’ that everyone has. Mark also mentioned that Bon Scott was an absolute gentleman and it was always great fun to be around him.
Here is what Mark Evans stated about Bon Scott:
“Well, yeah, it seems to be in some areas a portrayal of Bon being this out-of-control dude. Sure, he could be, but we all got out of control back in those days.
He was our social director. Within the band, he was called ‘the old man’ because when I joined the band, I was 19 and Bon was 29. It was like being on the road with your mad uncle – everyone’s got a mad uncle, one who drinks too much at weddings, and it was like that.
It looked like Fonzie on the outside but inside there was this really a bit of a hippie ’60s love child sort of thing in there. It’s great fun to be around him, an absolute gentleman…”
“Bon used to come around every Monday night and we’d have roast lamb, and he was gonna be at washing dishes with my mum. My mother Norma and Bon got on famously. He really missed the domestic family side of things.
It was a great bunch of guys. I can’t talk about it without having a big smile on my face. No point raking over old stories in it but as far as being an out-of-control guy who drank too much and did other things – if he was doing that all the time, he was hiding it pretty well. You can’t be that sharp and that much on the ball if you’re wrecking your life.”
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