As we reported from last week's Spotlight, everyone was looking forward to the Eurovision. As we now know, ABBA won it hands down. England was represented by Olivia Newton John and Ireland by Tina. After their win, Benny (from ABBA) had this to say: "We are delighted we have won but we are all amazed. I thought we had a good song but we were worried about the songs from Holland, England and Ireland." I can't remember who represented Holland that year.
Anyway, let's catch up with Pat's take on what was happening in the Irish rock scene in April 1974.
Gaslight Off The Road
Illness has forced one of Cork's top bands, Gaslight, to go off the road for at least six weeks. Singer/writer/guitarist Patrick Madden has been advised by his doctor to take a long rest. Group manager Dennis Desmond said: "the lads are feeling exhausted after almost six months on the road five nights a week without a break." The group hopes to get some new numbers together during their lay-off.
Jimmy Slevin collapsed after Peggy's Leg's gig in the Stadium recently and was taken to hospital. He was suffering from exhaustion after the band had played eleven gigs without a break.
Dave Prim is thinking of a comeback but can't make up his mind about going on the road full time. He says: "I have been getting it together recently with a new bass player and drummer and I may play more country dates next time. One of the mistakes we made with the Prim Band was sticking too much to the city.
Two albums by Irish artists were strongly featured in this month's Melody Maker guide to the best albums... "Too Late To Stop Now", the Van Morrison double was in the top six and the Emerald album by Rory Gallagher was also high in the list.
Tickets for the Horslips Stadium concert went on sale at the weekend and early indications are for a sell-out. Incidentally, I can't see the point of the group releasing "More Than You Can Chew" as their new single. In my opinion it has little chance of breaking through.
Bratt, the group formed by two original members of Time Machine have been making a lot of ground over the last couple of months and will soon record four originals. Dates for the coming week include, Ennis, East Monday, Roscommon (16), Tuam (17), Ballinrobe (18), Ballina (19) and Westport (20). The group will play their first Dublin date at Zero's on the 27th.
Fewer rock acts may be visiting this country in the months ahead. Some of the promoters who have been bringing in the big names are no longer keen to promote rock gigs. The feeling seems to be that rock spells trouble and why risk it from the heavy fans when there's more money to be made from the middle-of-the-road pop acts.
Sheriff, who went back on the road a few weeks ago after a long lay-off have now broken up. The new band has played only a few dates when musical differences brought the final break. Some members of the line-up intend to form a new group.
Decca hoping for big things with Thin Lizzy's new single, Little Darling... delay on Fruupp album due to vinyl shortage... making a comeback in England is Dave Lewis, the original Irish super guitarist... great sales for Morrison's live album despite some disappointment over his first concert... what's holding up the new Mushroom single... like the new Reform one, it's long overdue... Adolf J. Rag talking about a comeback... Peggy's Leg hoping for a European breakthrough... new Rory Gallagher album could be his first double.
Group Breakdown: Sundown
James Delaney (age 19): instruments - keyboards & vocals. Favourite musicians - Freddy King, Leon Russell. Ambition - to get to heaven.
Pat O'Farrell (age 20): instruments - guitar, vocals. Favourite artists - BB King, Freddy King & Albert King. Ambition - to get my hands on a 1958 Les Paul guitar.
John McCann (age 19): instruments - drums. Favourite artists - Ian Paice, Noel Bridgeman. Ambition - to be a professional footballer.
Declan McNeils (age 20): instruments - bass and vocals. Favourite artist - Jim Doherty. Ambition - to build a castle.