Mike Rudd's
Stop Press
May issue #185

The first of two 50th Anniversary shows goes off damn well at the Thornbury Theatre Sat. 11.5.19

The Spectrum boys finish the song at the same time..*

The Thornbury Theatre resonates to the sounds of the Spectrum and the Mason Bros
13.5.19 - I was glad to find that although we were playing upstairs at the Thornbury Theatre it wasn't quite as upstairs as I'd feared and the load-in was within the capabilities of a man of my extreme seniority. Former Heaters' drummer, Robert Dillon was on sound for the night and so I was reasonably assured that the show would sound much as it did at the sound-check, but perhaps even better with a decent sized crowd through the doors.
The size of the crowd was the issue which prompted the promoters to rebrand the Double Bill shows at the Thornbury and the Caravan Club as 'Mike Rudd's 50th' something-or-other and include a third similarly vintaged act on the bill, namely Chris Stockley and his band, Bram.
It was a very early sound-check, but it wasn't worth heading back home so Maria, Robbo and I took the opportunity to to join Brenden and Glyn (the Mason Bros) and Chrissie James at the Super Ming, a café just down the road from the theatre for a light Asian meal where we were able to observe at close hand Thornbury buzzing with masses of groovy people cruising round for a groovy meal in a groovy joint - leaves Lilydale for dead in that department. (We's turnin' into mountain folk, Thelma).
We wandered into the gig just before the starting time of 8.00 (adjusted forward from 8.30 which caught a few people by surprise) and it was filling up nicely. By the time Chris' amiable set had finished the room was nearly full and the Madders were ambling onto the stage.
It was immediately evident that Brenden Mason was on fire and there was an unmistakable swagger to his guitar playing in the Madders' set which augered well for the Spectrum set. I was duly invited to bring my D harp to the stage for the band's final number, Bren's Badlands, one of my fave Madder Lake contemporary numbers - and then it was Spectrum's turn.
Initially I got a bit cranky trying to set-up my very modern iPhone amp simulator, but pulled myself together sufficiently to crunch into Launching Place Part 2, the new set opener.
Things were going pretty well but I was very conscious of the time because I'd been advised there's a curfew after 11.30 and figured that as the set stood it was going to take us well past that point - I couldn't afford to lose any time with our special guest, former Arielist Glyn Mason playing with the band.
Sure enough I had to ditch a song or two to bring Glyn on stage in time, but of course it was worth it.
We launched into Glyn's statement song, I'll Not Fade Away, which I had fun pointing out fades both in and out on the the Goodnight Fiona album.
That was followed by the song that Billy Thorpe thought the best Australian pop song EVAH, It's Only Love, the last Ariel single and written by none other than our very special guest, Glyn Mason.
Then it was a sprint to the finish line, but in spite of my best intentions it was already 11.30 when Chris Stockley joined us on mandolin to render the one millionth version of I'll Be Gone and obviously later still when we were encouraged by the audience to play Esmeralda, with everybody in the room joining with us enthusiastically for both songs.
Regrettably Glyn won't be joining us for the second 50th Anniversary gig at the new Caravan Music Club, but I know we're going to have one helluva time anyway on the arvo of Sunday 26th.

*pic by Maria

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