There was a section each week in Spotlight that was called "Larry has the Answer", Larry being Larry Gogan. Here was one very important question being asked back in March 1974. "Horslips address, please, for my 8-year old son and where would he get some pictures of them?" - from Helen O'Grady in Ballinamona, Ardfinnann, Clonmel.
Speaking of Horslips, other news reported in this issue was the following; Horslips, who are on an extensive European tour will return home in April for two weeks of concerts. They have just played a number of very successful dates in Holland; a concert in Amsterdam had the audience on their feet chanting for encores. Horslips now move on to Germany and from there to Switzerland before returning for the Irish tour, which starts on Easter Sunday. Two other pieces of Horslips-related news are in Pat's column. OK, let's see what Pat has to say this week in his Let it Rock column.
Huge Demand for Morrison Tickets
Van Morrison's four concerts at Dublin's Olympia at the end of this month look all set for a sell out at least three weeks in advance. Since the tickets went on sale last week the demand has been amazing and the £2 top price seems little bother to Morrison's many fans. Many are buying seats for two shows and in some cases more. Hundreds of tickets have been sent to Cork and Belfast where the demand is huge. Tickets for the Tim Hardin concert a few days before the Morrison one are now on sale at 75p to £1.50.
Last week's comments about Bees Make Honey at Trinity brought fans down on me in a big way... "what kind of crap were you trying to lay on the fans by saying it was a disappointing set?" asked one follower. "The best gig I was ever at" said another. Never has a gig brought such mixed reaction from fans. The group's show at Belfield last Monday was regarded as one of the best since the campus opened.
Gaslight, one of Cork's top three groups play some impressive gigs this weekend. On Friday they're on the pub scene at Poolaphouca, Blackrock College on Saturday and Sunday at Kilmacud. The boys are hoping for a big turn out at the latter venue where the rock gig is starting to bring in the fans in a big way. The group will probably be doing some recording for RTE Radio next week and they'll soon start work on a first album for release in late summer.
Sleep Hollow, Cork's other big name rock band, will have a single in the shops in June or July. They've made some demo tapes and are very pleased with the sound they have been getting.
The Evolution series on RTE is typical, I feel, of the station's thinking that any old rock show will keep the fans happy. Almost all the groups featured to date are no longer in existence - If, Family, East of Eden, Van De Graaf. Some of them have been off the road for close on two years, which gives you an idea of how old some of the shows really are. It's not the first time this kind of outdated rubbish has been passed on to the fans. Here's a list of ten of the world's top rock acts still on the road, which fans would like to see on film... Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbeth, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and last but by no means least, the Rolling Stones.
Thin Lizzy, on RTE Television on Sunday night were still living off Whiskey In The Jar and in the days of Eric Robin Bell. Remember Eric? He once played with the living legend of Irish rock, Van Morrison. The Lizzy show wasn't a very memorable performance - not on our black & white set anyway. Philip Lynott's solo spot singing that great song 'Dublin' was the high spot. The sound went a bit haywire on a couple of numbers, with vocals when nobody was singing and guitar intros when nobody was playing.
It's been some time since we had a look at who's-who in popularity among Irish home-based and international rock. Current ratings taking in records, tours, concerts and general interest stand something like this...
Van Morrison... concert tickets must be the fastest selling ever
Rory Gallagher... popularity still growing
Horslips... big thinking taking them big places
Rodeo... best home-based band
Thin Lizzy... Gary Moore giving them new life
Dave Prim Band... one of the best in years
Peggy's Leg... great hope for the future
Fruupp... on the verge of a breakthrough in Britain
Skid Row... welcome come-back
Zebedee... best new young band
Quiet Fire, who top the bill at Abercorn Club this week, are a combination of rare talent. The most famous member of the four-piece band is Misty Browing, who found world fame with the Flirtations. With her are Lonny Ring, who sang with the Rag Dolls, the Marionettes and Sweet Charity; Pamela Douglas, and ex-Marionette who sang in the cast of Hair; and Shirley (Tommy) Thompson, who was also with Sweet Charity. Together they're among the most exciting groups to visit a Belfast club in many a month. They have a debut single out on the Fresh Air label. It's their own special arrangement of 'Ode to Billy Joe'.
Oxo Witney made an impressive debut at Trevor Kane's King's Club last Friday... two offshoot bands from the California Brakemen are now working in Belfast. One is Maxie Catherwood's Country Code and the other is Crawford Bell's Steelrail... although Chips are now doing so well, does Little Annie have other plans?
Hot Dusty Roads, the Dublin country-rock outfit, who have been getting a fair share of pub gigs are on the look out for a new manager... Vincent Duffy, bass guitarist with Peggy's Leg is back with the band after a short illness...Sheriff surprised that we heard about their secret rehearsals... how disappointing that a rock act have not been asked to support Steeleye Span at the Stadium... we will continue the band breakdown series and groups interested in being included should send individual photos and life lines to me... Horslips albums on sale in all the leading shops in New York.
- Pat Egan