Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans Reveals Bon Scott Was Almost Fired After Overdose

October 30, 2013, 5 years ago

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Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans talked to The Australian and in the new book The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, reveals that the band nearly fired Bon Scott after overdosing on heroin in Melbourne in 1975. Evans said AC/DC's founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, who were anti-drugs, took a dim view of their iconic frontman overdosing on heroin in Melbourne in 1975.

"There were some doubts about Bon at that stage," Evans said. "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. From what I was led to believe and came to believe, it was a very, very isolated incident. I never saw any evidence of anything remotely like heavy drugs (when I was in AC/DC)."

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