By Mark Robinson
I met up with my good friend Roger
Koller, bass player with the previous
band we were in, which we had just left, called 'Welcome'.
We went and saw a band rehearse in this house in Georgetown, they knew
of this drummer who was playing with the 'Beenees' who could
sing.He was a guy from Brisbane called Steve Tucker
so he became our singer.He knew this keyboard player who used
to play with the successful Newcastle outfit 'Maya', Eddie
Price. We somehow found this incredible lead guitarist Richard
Heaney, his brother Tony ended up playing in 'DV8'.
We ended up moving all our gear P.A; amps, drumkit, the works, and setting
up camp in the deserted house in Georgetown, which was situated at the
eastern end of land at the back of Energy Australia Stadium. 'Sky'
rehearsed pretty well every week, the sound of Eddie"s hamond
organ was just amazing, and very ****ing loud, not to mention the weight
of the thing. It was a four man lift from memory!
We were doing stuff like 'Vanilla Fudge', 'Chicago', 'Uriah Heep',
'Crosby Stills Nash and Young' and 'Joe Cocker'. I think
our first gig was opening up the Singleton Sports Centre, Richard did
a bit of classical guitar for the first set and then we did a couple
We had to hire a truck to cart all of our gear, which, as Eddie drove
under the awning, almost ripped it to pieces. But it was great to get
out of that rehearsal room.
Our next gig was the 29th of May 1976 at the Tech College with another
band called the 'Black and White Band'.
After six months rehearsal and two gigs the writing was on the wall,
Richard was giving up playing and concentrating on his studies, Steve
Tucker was going back to Queensland, Eddie was having a break, Roger
moved on to play with 'Refugee', and me, drummer Mark Robinson
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