Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans spoke to The Rocker Diaries where he was asked what he thought about the band after Bon Scott’s death in 1980.
The singer replied:
“No, not at all. I mean, we all keep going. And AC/DC has had that many players through [the history of] the band. I don’t know how many. 20? And three singers, plus a stand-in singer as well.
“We were always ambitious when we first started. We always wanted to be the best in the world — all of us. And after me, Bon Scott got his chance. He did great with the band. And when he died, I just thought, ‘Who are they gonna get?’ I never thought [I would be approached about it] myself, because that’s water under the bridge.
”And I was busy with bands as well at the time and doing my own music and recording. I was just wondering who it would be. I had heard of [Brian Johnson‘s pre-AC/DC band] Geordie — just the name Geordie. I’d never heard of Brian. And then Brian popped up and, of course, the ‘Back In Black’ album came out, which was a massive album around the world, and they were off and running with Brian. But if Brian quit, they’d get another singer and another singer. [They’ve gone through] different bass players [and] different drummers.
“The drive was always [founding AC/DC rhythm guitarist] Malcolm Young. I remember Malcolm when I first met him. He was such a driving force. Just a tiny little guy — just a little touch over five feet tall — but, boy, he had a big heart and a big personality. And he was tough, too — Malcolm was very tough. And no matter what, he was AC/DC through and through. And, of course, once he passed away, which is very sad, AC/DC, of course, will never, ever be the same without Malcolm. How can it be?”