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Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, in an interview, claims that legendary vocalist Bon Scott was nearly fired from the band, in 1975, after a heroin overdose.
Bon, one of the greatest frontmen of all time, but he struggled with many addictions, which lead up to his tragic death at age 33 in 1980.
In 1975 Scott apparently overdosed on heroin, which nearly cost him his job, along with his life. “There were some doubts about Bon at that stage,” Evans says. “He’d had a problem or he’d had an overdose 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.”
“There was a moment of madness,” Evans says about the prospect of firing Scott. “That’s all I can put it down to. There was disquiet (Angus and Malcolm Young were anti-drugs). I have to put this into perspective here: in any decision like that I had absolutely f–k-all influence. It was just something that filtered through the band: that things weren’t looking good [for Bon]. There was mention of another singer. But it never got to that point.”