September 21, 2020

1968-01-23 – The Sydney Morning Herald

1968 01 23 The_Sydney_Morning_Herald_Tue__Jan_23__1968_

The big showl

By MICHAEL
SYMONS

A QUARTER of . an
hour late. the Questions
began a sinister thump.
ing beat. A dozen red-
coated circus hands
erected steel barricades
to keep teenagers from
performers. Meanwhile,
the Stadium‘s stage ro-
tated 20 degrees and
stopped.

And 'never was the rota-
tation of the Stadium stage
so crucial—in the centre
was a 7ft mopuntain of
electronic gear which kept
performers from one half
of their audience.

The Questions (an Aus-
tralian group—the rest. of
the show was English)
were too loud, as would
be expected. Vaguely dts-
cernable were other
people’s hits like “Paint It
Black” from the Stones.

Paul Jones was lucky
because, being simply 'a
singer, he could Circum-
navigate as far as his
microphone would allow.
Also, the neglected teen-
agers could watch trumpet
and saxophones augment-
ing the Questions on their
side of the black moun-
tain. .

The Questions had quiet-
ened down and backed
s Jones admirably. Not only

could Jones been seen

quite often, but his rather
excellent voice came over
relatively undistorted.

MATADOR

He pranced about like a
matador tem ting girls to
throw more owers.

He sang a couple of hits
from his Manfred Mann
days. He then tried on his
latest hit, “Sons and Lov-
ers."

Paul Jones starred in the
film “Privilege,” recently
’ seen in Sydney. and he

sang the title song and

“I’ve Been a Bad. Bad
Boy."

Next. the first of the
Long Waits—while atteno'
dents tried futilely to get
the stage rotating.

Being invisible was per-
haps the greatest handicap
to the Small Faces.

The Small Faces have
really had only two hits
here. Unfortunately, as a
second handicap, the re-
cord of “ltchycoo Park"
(on the vitrues of the Hip-
pie ideal) relies largely on
electronic techniques not
available for live perform.
ance. The answer is. get
it over with as quickly as
possible and with such dis-
tortion that the whole song
is inaudible.

Unfortunately, if you
can‘t hear the Small Faces
or see the Small Faces,
you’ve nothing left.

After the second, unre-
warding Long Wait came
The Who. The stage ac-
tually had rotated suffici-
ently for our side to see

the group and osme of the
mountain had been carted
away.

The Who performed
some of- their hits—“Sub-
stitute," P“ictures of
Lily," “Happy Jack,” “I’m
a Boy“ — and had some
to spare.

Keith Moon must be the
most spectacular drummer
in any pop group — sticks
fly everywhichway.

Bass guitarist John
Entwhistle° certainly does
look exceedingly bored,
but is right with-int. Sing-
er Rager Daltry could
have withstood less ampli-
fication. Lead guitarist
Pete Townshend deserves
all the hits he has written.

The Who are known for
smashing their equipment
for a finale. They gave a
dramatic facsimile of
smashing it up while sing-
ing “My Generation.”

Promoter Harry Miller
allowed disappointed Small
Faces fans to remain for
the 8.45 show. It was the
least he could have done.
Hope the stage rotates to-
night.