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When Bon Scott tragically passed away in 1980, AC/DC made the decision to continue on as a band, replacing their fallen bandmate with singer Brian Johnson.
However, a new book is alleging that even before Scott’s death, AC/DC was considering changing their lineup.
In The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, the band’s former bassist, Mark Evans, states that Angus and Malcolm Young were so bothered by Bon Scott’s alleged heroin overdose in 1975, they nearly gave him the boot.
“There were some doubts about Bon at that stage," Evans remembers (via The Australian). “He'd had a problem or he'd had an OD very early on. It was just a dabble… Bon just made a bad decision. It was only one bad decision.”
Evans, who played with the band from 1975-1977, then goes on to say the he believed that the overdose was a “very isolated incident” which the band kept mostly under wraps at the time, but the consideration of a new frontman definitely surfaced.
“There was a moment of madness,” Evans recalls in the book. “There was mention of another singer. But it never got to that point. There wasn't a lot said at the time. It was [a case of], ‘There may well be a change coming.’”
More on this interview can be found here, and info on The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, which was written by Australian author Jesse Fink, is available at RandomHouse.com.au.
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