The Vultures were hovering
"Look at 'em," said Jeff Crozier, "they're hovering like vultures!" Jeff
pointed to the small platform on top of the stage where a gang of local
rock muso's were watching the Deep Purple, Free and Manfred Mann like
hawks... picking up all the tricks they could... and there were a lot
of tricks to be picked up from Free lead singer Pail Rogers. He was
singing brilliantly and rocking all over the stage at the same time, not
missing a beat, never going off key...
Between each of the acts there had been a long delay while equipment was
being set up, but Deep Purple proved themselves to be the Prima
Donna's in this department... We had already received reports that
the group left the stage in Perth because they weren't pleased with their
equipment, and now they were spending a good deal of time fixing an amp
which had been blown out. Their performance turned out to be a very long
one, and im my opinion very uneven in quality... some of it was brilliant
whilst other parts were boring... They must have enjoyed their playing
though... the performance went on till 1 a.m. Around about 12.30, several
people in the audience called it quits and left (Russ Morris, who had
been looking forward to seeing them, was one of them), but Deep Purple
just kept right on playing while a strobe light filled Festival Hall.
Here's a quibbling complaint: Deep Purple are such a musically competent
group that it seems to take a lot of the excitement out of their act.
And another point: everyone applauds drum solos, but how many people
really enjoy them? When Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice began his solo the
rest of the group left the stage and so did my interest... but Deep Purple
are one of the world's top groups and they contributed to the most
exciting concert we've seen this year.
Andy Fraser cattin' around with his bass guitar... Ian Meldrum took one
look and went running towards the stage claiming he needed an interview...
he warned Andy that our own Mitchwas waiting to pounce, and Andy showed
a lot of interest... By the time they rocked out "All Right Now", the
audience was wild... but there wasn't mich space to rock around in...
every seat in the hall was filled, and along with Russell Morris and others I
was standingin the back balcony... in fact, the place was so packet that
Ross Wyllie was actually propped up on the stage... half expected to do
"The Star" with Deep Purple backing him, but Ross was only there to
Manfred Mann came on and stunned 'em... for me, they were the best thing
of the night... Chapter 3 are a beautiful sound... Manfred himself gave
a display of effortless showmanship and his playing was astounding... We
always knew about Mick Rogers' talent, but seeing him in this kind of
musical company was quite awe-inspiring... Russell Morris was only one
of the people knocked out by Mick's guitar-playing, and his lead vocals.
His singing is beautifully mouled to the group's sound. Mick may be at the
top luvvies, but he hasn't forgotten us... "I recognise a lot of faces
from Berties, Sebastian's and the Tum" he told the audience... and little
wonder, because it seemed that everyone in Melbourne was there, which
only goes to show that rock-freaks WILL turn out for a show that features
a world-class line-up... Manfred Mann rocked into their "Mighty Quinn" hit
and the whole place was clapping and singing along with them... like Free,
the crowd screamed for more when Chapter 3 left the stage...
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