Dave Evans originally arrived in Australia from Carmarthen Wales, aged five, and settled in North Queensland with his family. After forming his first band “In Session” in Charters Towers when he was 17, he moved to Sydney where he helped form a band (no name yet!) with Malcolm Young, Colin Burgess and Larry van Kriedt. A week later Malcolm’s younger brother Angus joined. Malcolm and Angus’ sister-in-law Sandra came up with the name AC/DC – to signify power and energy – and so one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever was born!
AC/DC’s first gig was at Chequers Nightclub in Sydney on New Years Eve 1973, and the band went on to attract a strong live following in the next few months before recording their first single, “Can I Sit Next To You Girl b/w Rocking In The Parlour.”
At this time Angus started wearing his now-famous schoolboy uniform, and with their single racing up the national charts, AC/DC undertook a grueling tour. It began at the Sydney Opera House and then saw the band playing to packed houses all around Australia. Life on the road is tough for any band, and frictions and egos increased steadily until a punch-up between Evans and their manager made life on tour unbearable. A split between Evans and AC/DC became inevitable.
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