Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans Remembers Being ‘Blown Off’ By Rock Hall of Fame
Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans reveals in his recent memoir 'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC' that he was initially contacted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the band was due to be inducted in 2002, then later simply ignored by the musical institution and ultimately left out of the band's induction ceremony.
"At first, the Hall of Fame was full of positive signs: I was given dates, details of the induction at the Waldorf Astoria, the arrangements to be made," he writes. "They said they'd be in contact and get the information to me. But then the temperature turned chilly. When we did get a reply, it was simply to announce that the Hall of Fame had seen fit to review the nomination and had come to the conclusion that I didn't qualify. I was out."
"Let me just say that the band richly deserved to be in the Hall of Fame," he continues. " It was way overdue. Bon [Scott] had to be included, of course, as well as the current lineup. And I had absolutely no problem with not being included ... What I found galling was the Hall of Fame's attitude. If a mistake was made, fine, then they should have dealt with it. A simple apology or at least an explanation would have been appreciated."
Evans joined the band when it was nothing more than as an Aussie pub-rock act and stuck around long enough to experience platinum success with albums like 'High Voltage' and 'Dirty Deeds.' His new book, 'Dirty Deeds,' delves into the life of touring with Bon Scott and much more.