And if he only lasted 12 months fronting the biggest rock band in the world then he went on to forge a mighty career with a raft of other to notch acts.
This summer sees Evans embark on his first full UK tour and with a brand new album to fall back on these are exciting times for the veteran singer. In the latest rushonrock Rider we find out what makes him tick.
On your iPod: I’ve been listening to my new album a lot so that I make sure I get it right when I come over to Britain! It was released in Germany at the beginning of last year so it’s a case of reacquainting myself with a number of songs.
Small Screen Pleasure: I look at a bit of the History Channel from time to time and I suppose that’s down to growing up with castles in Wales. We had ruins on our doorstep and I miss that in Oz. Other than that I like a bit of Law And Order.
Making a meal of it: You can never go far wrong with a good steak but where I live in Australia there’s a place called Chapel Street just around the corner and you can eat anything you want from anywhere in the world – Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, the works. But when you’re really bloody hungry nothing beats a steak.
Drivetime: I’ve got a 1997 MG. I’ve had it for quite a while. But I haven’t driven it in a bit as it’s here in Australia and I’ve been based in Dallas for the last four years.
Ace Place: Cities like Paris are fantastic but going to historical sites like Hastings and Gettysburg was amazing.
Dream destination: I’ve been all through Egypt, right through Europe, across the Pacific rim and through 20 US states but I suppose South America is still somewhere I’d love to go.
Nickname shame: I never had a nickname and for one reason. Whenever anyone thought about giving me one at school I used to shout ‘c**t face’ at them. I told them I’d shout it everywhere they went and so they’d be known all over school as ‘c**t face’. Funnily enough that stopped people from giving me a nickname.