Early-era bassist Mark still angry over being invited to attend band’s induction ceremony – and then told he’d been uninvited
Early-era AC/DC bassist Mark Evans is still angry that he was invited to attend the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame – and was then uninvited.
He joined the band in 1975 and remained for most of their time with Bon Scott, appearing on their first five albums.
But after naming him as a “foundation inductee” in 2002, the Hall of Fame changed their minds and left him out of their list of past and present inducted members.
Now he says organisers made a mistake in inviting him – and they should have apologised for it, rather than trying to cover their error by claiming the situation had changed.
Evans writes in his autobiography, Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC: “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.
“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.”
Evans says he’s not upset about not being included: “In the AC/DC timeline I was there for only a brief time – an important time, in my opinion, but a heartbeat by comparison with Cliff Williams’ thirty-year-plus tenure.
“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.”