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Yellarock 1 — Australian Music History

Round about 1990 we got a call from a Biker Club about doing a big gig for them. It was to be a three day festival of bikes, booze & music about halfway along the Putty Rd to Singleton. My boss at the time was a guy by the name of Rick Doolan who was no stranger to the wonderful world of the Biker. Rick was the original drummer in Bandanna and had lured me away from my comfy job at the bank to go full time with his PA company.

via Yellarock 1 — Australian Music History.

via Yellarock 1 — Australian Music History.

OUT OF THE VAULT

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IZZY HAS UNDERTAKEN THE SOUTHERN JOURNEY TO FETCH PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF A PAST WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND IN ITS FULL FOLLY.  EVEN WITH NEWSPAPER EVIDENCE, HIS CHICK REMAINS STUPEFIED AT THE VISUAL REMAINS OF 20TH CENTURY LOONY.

BACK IN RALEIGH, IZZY IS SCANNING AND PRESENTING THIS DUBIOUS VIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC SCENE TO HIS FACEBOOK CROWDS WHO APPEAR TO BE AS VAGABOND AND RUFFIAN AS IZZY HIMSELF. CHECK THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND THE CHICK WILL ADD ILLUSTRATIONS TO THIS SITE. BEAR WITH HER AS A LITTLE IZZY FOREAL TRULY TAKES SOME DIGESTING.

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Izzy Foreal at Narara Festival, 1983 with The Zarsoff Brothers. This was the first of my Washburn basses – it was inherited by Jimmy Bongwater some years later.

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More of The 69ers on tour in Perth, 1973. Beethovens sacked us from a supposed residency, but the local promoter and supportive punters pulled together a week’s worth of gigs so we could pay our way out of town. Those cobbled together gigs were hugely successful – I think the ‘stripping school teacher’ at Beethovens makes the story clear.

69ERS

Izzy Foreal sings a high harmony at Sunbury Festival, 1973. You can see the stuffing I’d put in the f-hole of the Magtatone bass to stop feedback at high volume on a big stage.

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 1973s obviously
 I can’t tell you the year (probably 1973), but I think this is the gig where Frank Butler took his Les Paul out of its case from the back of the truck, and it was in two pieces: The neck had broken just back from the headstock. He borrowed a Strat from one of the other bands, and the show went on as scheduled (then, if I remember rightly, we headed straight back to Melbourne in Chuggy’s Subaru for the late spot at – I can ‘t remember the name of the gig, but I can picture it clearly). What guitar Frank used at the later gig is now possibly lost to history. sundowner 1973

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 I sure loved that Maton Magnetone short-scale bass – bought it from a hock shop in William Street, halfway up the hill from town towards the Cross. Cost me something like $85, and I had to lay-by it! You sure could bend the strings on it! rosedale

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