Plaque ’N’ Roll In Sydney

Dave Evans was fired from AC/DC after only a year – and before it hit the big time – but that’s not stopping the former frontman from his mission of having Sydney, Australia, recognized as the birthplace of the rock band.

While Perth has a Bon Scott statue in honor of the AC/DC singer who replaced Evans and Melbourne has AC/DC Lane, Evans wants the world to know Sydney is where it all started.

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“I have nothing against Melbourne but when I heard about AC/DC Lane, I thought, ‘Why?”’ Evans told the Sydney Morning Herald. “There is this huge misconception that the band got together in Melbourne.”

In December Evans asked the City of Sydney Council to put up plaques at four AC/DC landmarks.

On the corner of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street in Newtown there’s a rehearsal space where the original AC/DC lineup first met. Evans had answered an ad guitarist Malcolm Young placed in the Herald, asking for a lead singer.

The second landmark is the now-defunct Chequers Nightclub on Goulburn Street, where the band played their first gig on New Year’s Eve 1973.

Evans told the Herald half the set was Chuck Berry and Rolling Stones covers and the rest were “songs we made up on the spot.”

He also wants a plaque at Victoria Park pool, where Angus Young first donned his famous school uniform and the rest of the group first performed in costume.

If Sydney gives the OK, the fourth plaque would hang at the old EMI 301 studios, where AC/DC recorded its first and only single with Evans, “Can I Sit Next To You Girl.”

Evans says he hasn’t spoken to brothers Malcolm and Angus Young since the mid-’70s but says he holds no grudges and hopes they will support his plaques plan.

“I am lucky to be part of such a wonderful history … I have had a wonderful career of 30 years and I am still rocking hard,” Evans told the Herald.

After leaving the band in 1974 Evans joined the glam-rock band Rabbit. He now lives in Texas and performs under the moniker The King Of All Badasses.