Former AC/DC bass player Mark Evans, who appeared on such classic albums as "High Voltage", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", and "Let There Be Rock", has issued a press release through his representatives urging industry and media contacts to lobby the U.S. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to have his induction reinstated so that he can "take his rightful position alongside Bon [Scott] & the current members."
Evans' press release reads as follows:
"Sydney's Sunday Sun-Herald newspaper [on Jan. 19] reported an unprecedented backflip by the U.S. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was proudly announced by the Hall of Fame on November 7, 2002 that all current members of seminal blues-rock outfit AC/DC plus foundation members Mark Evans (bass) and Bon Scott (vocals) would be inducted in March 2003. It was revealed [on Sunday, Jan. 19] by Sunday Sun-Herald journalist Peter Holmes that in an unprecedented move the Hall of Fame has now retracted the nomination of Mark Evans. Despite his work featured on four classic albums released by the band ('TNT', 'Dirty Deeds', 'Let there be Rock' and 'High Voltage' US release) that have amassed an amazing 30 million sales worldwide, Mark was offered no explanation for this astonishing turnaround. Suzan Evans, Executive Director of the Hall of Fame, stated just prior to Xmas that Mark's inclusion, and the fact that this was widely publicized by the Hall of Fame since early November, was 'an error'. Many requests for clarification of this statement and an explanation of the extraordinary actions by the Hall of Fame have met with no success. The extreme embarrassment and personal hurt that this has caused Mark is obvious. We urge any admirers of the band to implore industry and media contacts to lobby the Hall of Fame in an attempt to have this situation rectified. Further, anyone in direct contact with the band should make them aware of this erroneous decision. They should be encouraged to bring pressure to bare on the board of the Hall of Fame so that Mark's nomination can be reinstated and he can take his rightful position alongside Bon & the current members."