spells HOG, son!
DoubleShot of Blues' Johnny Williams with a swag
of blues riffs at the HOG Rally in Hepburn Springs
Mike's lovely roast meal at the HOG Rally 3) Mike
with Wazz Sellers at The Lomond
11.3.17 Spectrum at the annual HOG Rally Hepburn
Sun. 12.3.17 1st BASE at The Lomond + Mike joins
The Giants at the Central Club
weekend of massive contrasts for our Mike
13.3.17 - I
was setting out to Daylesford in the van on Saturday
arvo with Broc and Robbo on board when I got the
call from Mick Newman telling me that the HOG
Rally that he'd booked us for was actually being
held in Hepburn Springs - a detail really as Daylesford
already cosies up with Hepburn Springs and no
doubt they'll merge eventually. Johnny Williams'
DoubleShot of Blues (pic 1) was sound-checking
when we eventually did arrive and they only managed
to grind into action after we'd started tucking
in to our (free) RSL-style roast dinner. (pic
I finished off my meal with a hot cuppa - which
turned out to be far too hot and I lost a layer
of skin off my top lip, making my sitting in for
a couple of numbers with DoubleShot on harp a
quitea pleasure-and-pain experience.
The changeover between bands took far too long
on the narrow confines of the back of a truck,
and the prediction I'd made earlier on that the
audience would melt into the night after I'll
Be Gone proved to be only too accurate. Rain
was on the way anyway so we gratefully abandoned
the truck and fled back to Melbourne.
Spectrum has been unofficially sacked from The
Lomond so it was nice to be able to return with
1st BASE to find a pop-up crowd installed and
ready to taste the 1st BASE menu. (pic 3)
With no time for a rehearsal it was a bit rough
around the edges but the crowd was gratifyingly
enthusiastic and I think it went OK. I guess we'll
wait and see. I've been seated in all the other
1st BASE gigs but I tried standing for the last
set and I think I was more comfortable too - I
might give that another go.
After my Lomond Burger I mosied on down the the
Central Club in Swan St Richmond and made myself
known to Stu Woods, The Giants' head honcho, singer,
raconteur and all-round good guy, but in the event
I had to wait till the end of the set for the
prime spot of the night and yet another rendition
of The Song. The crowd adored it but Stu revved
them up even more and made them sing their verse
again and LOUDER this time.
A busy weekend with all the rock & roll bases
covered, not just the first.