Saturday, May 25, 2013

Reggae Fever


Like all grown-ups there are certain moments in your past which you want to relive again. In 1978 I saw Steel Pulse live in concert for the first time. I was mesmerized. No video exists of that concert at Cheltenham Town Hall that I'm aware of. And my memory is certainly not getting any better. However there is a video of the band, at the back end of the following year, 1979, playing to a sit down audience in Germany at the Rockpalast. A sit down crowd for goodness sake. How can you enjoy reggae sitting down? The Germans certainly know how to enjoy themselves - nein! For the record the set-list is as follows: Bad Man, Uncle George, Harrassment, Babylon Makes the Rules, Blasphemy, Drug Squad, Soldiers, Tribue to the Martyrs, Reggae Fever, Ku Klux Klan/Sound System. The lead singer is David Hinds, with Phonso Martin on support vocals (and white hood), Basil Gabbidon on lead guitar, Ronnie McQueen on bass, Selwyn Brown on keys and Grizzly Nisbett on drums. 

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