MacKenzie makes stunning return
1) Rob and
Robbo only have eyes for the back of their eyelids in 'I Only Have Eyes
Hypotheticals rev up
28.3.04 - The usually straight-ahead Sunday evening
Elwood Blues Jam was buzzing tonight after Rob MacKenzie (ex-MacKenzie
Theory) played a set with his pick-up band the Hypotheticals -
which included Spectrum's Robbo on drums, Rob's nephew Will on bass
and resident band member Adrian Reeves on keyboards. Rob picked up where
he left off on the Derek Gille show the other day, and treated the full
house to a dazzling display of guitar pyrotechnics in a variety of surf
and jazz numbers presented with wit and affection. Rob even crooned
(sort of) Steely Dan's The Fez and Robbo accomodatingly donned
an inverted ice-cream container to represent the headpiece in question.
It was quite a night too for Spectrum's Bill. Not
only did he star on lap-steel with the Ron Tabuteau band during the
evening, but it was his birthday, and he wore his not-very special T-shirt
to mark the occasion. More
2) Rob and the
Hypotheicals L-R Rob, Robbo, Adrian and Will 3) Young Will - he's only
had that bass for a couple of weeks! 4) Mr Bill Putt demonstrates the
art of Rubens' lighting and keeping his eyes open for the photo
St goes out with a bang!
Robbo poses with aspiring drummer Dylan and his dad 2) Part of
the happy crowd after
the first set
time for Spectrum at Sturt St Blues?
28.3.04 - Spectrum played what could be their last gig
at Sturt St Blues on Friday night, and the magic was palpable
again. 'The only thing I like about playing at Sturt St,' I declared
after the first set, 'is playing at Sturt St!' This is
a reference to the bitching stairs of course, which combined with
the travel time and the lack of facilities make the evening a
bit of a marathon. But the gig itself has that intangible 'something'
that makes it worth all the backache. We played a 75 minute first
set and 90 minute second set, just because it was so enjoyable
for both band and audience.
Porter shots of Spectrum for exhibition
shots re-emerge in the noughties
25.3.04 - Today I received a CDR in the mail
from occasional correspondent Ron Govett, with the accompanying
shot of Spectrum presenting their Misère concert
(circa '72) at Cathedral Hall, scene of the TF Much
and Much More Ballrooms.
Coincidentally, I received in the mail a couple of shots
of Spectrum directly from David Porter himself just a few days
ago. It seems David is now living in the Blue Mountains (as you
do) and is holding an exhibition there featuring many of the shots
he took of us in the '70s, and has asked Ron to organise one here
at the Victorian Arts Centre. We'll keep you informed.
sits in with Hey Gringo
25.3.04 - Robbo's providing the back-beat with Rob MacKenzie
tonight on Derek Guille's show, and he's a regular member of the
Wolfe Gang, plus you see him nearly every Sunday at the
Elwood Blues Jam, so you could say he's an established moonlighter.
Bill very rarely appears out of the Spectrum context, but these
days you can catch him sitting in occasionally on lap steel with
Hey Gringo as they do the rounds promoting their new
CD. Both Bill and Mike appear briefly on the CD, so it's worth
a listen if you're in the mood. (Check Links to find the Hey
Bill's seen here with the Gringos at their recent appearance at
Rhythm & Views, which, I'm sad to relate, is closing
its doors for the last time later this year.
theories on the ABC Thursday @ 7.30
23.3.04 - Bill and I were in the Accidental
Music Studio today, and just as I was about to overdub a
harp part onto I Ain't Superstitious, the phone rang.
It was Rob MacKenzie! The last time I heard from Rob was about
ten years ago when he was over for his mum's 80th birthday. (Well,
that's what we think, 'cause he's over for her 90th this time).
We decided to meet at Déja Vû in Carters
Ave, but when we got there we found it was shut, so we went round
the corner to Romeos and had some minestrones.
Rob told us he's still living in LA, but he's not with Sha
Na Na anymore - after a 12 year stint he's taking a step
back and thinking about doing some other projects.
When we told him of our trip to the States on the eve of the millenium,
he nearly fell off his chair. As we flew overhead, Rob was playing
with the 'Nas on Suva for a couple of millionaires' cruise
for Rob playing some fab surfing tunes on the Derek Guille show
on Thursday night @ 7.30 ish- Robbo's playing with him too!
tootles while Romig burns..
21.3.04 - Last night
it was the Rainbow's turn, and Bill, Jenny and I duly rolled up
to the (world famous) Rainbow Hotel and bravely played a restrained
set of nylon-string faves from the Volcano set. 'Bravely'
because somebody the night before had nicked the second DI, meaning
Bill and I had to share the one remaining - and we're not good
Still, that's done. I did my 'tootle' at the Romig bash on Wednesday
(pic) in the overpowering menstrual surrounds of the
Lido in the Glenferrie Arcade. (I used to live round there and
often wondered what it must be like. I reckon it would be a grand
venue for the return of the TF Much Ballroom).
See you at the Sturt St Blues gig on Friday..
#1 down - two to go..
15.3.04 - A lazy autumn Sunday arvo in Upwey
saw Mike and Bill - and guest percussionist
Jenny - hit out with a few nylon-string numbers to break the monotony.
We said hello to a few friends, including Gerry Hale, Jessica
Paige (pic 1) and Jessica's dad, Steve Romig, (pic
2) who's practising his self-satisfied leer for Wednesday
night's launch of his well received (see this week's Mixdown
review) Touch CD.
Speaking of the press, check out this month's issue of Rhythms
for a full page review of Rare Vision's Ariel re-issues by
our dear friend Billy Pinnell.
Spot - things in reverse in the Northern Hemisphere
11.3.03 - David Mann, an occasional correspondent
with Stop Press, found this oddity while cruising the Net. Of
course, the Spectrum in the pic is Spectrum the venue,
but we can dream.. (Incidentally, the source of the photo is:
http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~jasmith/personal/ and belongs to a James
Smith, a Canadian dude who works at the Ambulatory Robotics Lab
at McGill University. I would guess he's never heard of Spectrum
the Aussie band).
We're always happy to hear from you and we're embarrassed our
Contact us service is down, but you can still contact us on the
firstname.lastname@example.org address, and we'll happily answer
any questions you might have.
revisited - Spectrum rocks Festival-goers in heatwave conditions
1) The courtyard setting at Café Shamrock 2) Robbo and Bill are
tired even before Spectrum starts playing! 3)
The Shamrock's Karen and Gerard graciously put Spectrum up in their
home - it used to be a pub back in 1860
4) Robbo is
surprised by paparazzi as he emeges from a refreshing shower 5) The
massive marquee at Jones Winery where Spectrum played to.. 6) an equally
have too much fun at Rutherglen
8.3.04 - How far do we have to go
to have fun? Rutherglen will do. Spectrum played the Shamrock
again, and this time the joint had been booked up months in advance.
We played in the courtyard, and a most attractive environment
it was. The crowd were up dancing right from the start, (even
in the nylon-string set!), and by the end of the night everybody
was very tired and emotional - but happy.
We retired to our hosts' pad for the night, and set out the following
morning for Jones Winery, just a couple of k's down the road.
We were there before 11.00, but it was already too hot, with the
prospect of getting hotter, so we weren't totally impressed with
the marquee provided, but as it turned out, we actually had fun
playing hidey with the sun as it zoomed overhead. Most of the
audience took refuge under the trees 30 metres away, but they
seemed to enjoy the entertainment thoroughly anyway.
Leanne Schoen, one of the partners in the Jones' concern, saw
to it that we were comfortable throughout the day and made sure
we got a dozen bottles of their product before we left. We're
looking forward to next year already.
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