Back LR: Phil Mahoney, Terry Wild and Tom Kennedy.
Front: Morris Ham
Phil Mahoney (v)
The band is regarded as a pioneer of tribute bands as they were one of the first Newcastle acts to perform full sets of Beach Boys, Beatles, Elvis and other popular 50's and 60's acts.
At its peak, the band was so popular that they attracted a write up in Molly Meldrum's TV Week Column "Meldrum's Humdrum". The band was also invited to perform on ABC TV's "Countdown" program.
Phil Mahoney approached lead guitarist Terry Wild to join the band shortly after linking up with the original members of Blackstone Myth. Phil had previously played in another band with Terry in 1970 called "Magnus" and was always a big fan of Terry's brilliant guitar playing.
Blackstone Myth were booked solidly around the club circuit and corporate functions in Newcastle and attracted the attention of respected Newcastle Rock and Roll journalist Leo Dellagrotta, who featured a half page story and photo of the band in the Newcastle Sun newspaper's "Stepping Out" entertainment page. At the time, The Newcastle Sun was a very popular afternoon paper, so the write up greatly helped increase the bands profile.
Lead Vocalist Phil Mahoney says he was very enticed to join Blackstone Myth because he was very aware of the keyboard player Tom Kennedy who he had seen several years earlier in the Great Hall at Newcastle University at a "Yamaha Keyboard Spectacular", where Tom was the star of the night.
"Tom was a brilliant keyboardist and showman
and would jump up on top of his stack of keyboards and play backwards
through his legs as good as most people could play regularly. Tom was
a big reason for Blackstone Myth's success", Phil recalls.
Photograph courtesy of Phil Mahoney