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The Rock-itt : December 2011
By Pete Johnson On a hot, sultry Sunday afternoon last month after previously watching the Australian Rugby League team demolish England by the tune of 30 points to 8, I was in a good mood and decided to head down to my local watering hole the good old Time and Tide Hotel in Dee Why, just to keep the good tim es rolling. The thought of a nice juicy steak, salad and chips with pepper sauce, and a long, tall, cool, glass of the amber liquid was too good a proposition to pass up. I found that “Blue Venom” were playing in the Beer Garden so to keep Australia’s win, a delicious lunch for the paltry price of $8:50 (don’t know how they do it) and seeing a band play live which I haven’t seen before was the way to travel, good tim es at a bargain budget basem ent price. The car park is always a good indication that it’s going to be a good crowd and there were plenty of cars from non locals which meant the locals who hoof it down, will be there also and you can bet by the tim e lunch is over they will all be heading out the back for the band and that’s exactly the way it turned out. The lunch was superb and the beer was cool and satisfying. Heading out back to the Beer Garden, I slid into an unoccupied table and fiddled with my new Nikon cam era as the band kicked off. They were a bluesy rock outfit and after just a few choruses and riffs it was obvious that they knew their stuff. Lead vocals, Brian, seemed to have a good repour with the audience which at this point in time were a bit sparse but the afternoon was young. He joked and jibed as if they were his cousins from Cessnock and they liked it. Blue Venom consisted of Brian (lead vocals) with an exc ellent voice, nice strong and had no trouble reaching the notes. Tezza (guitar), great riffs and strangled some superb runs from the neck of his guitar. Pete (drums), his beat was always there holding it together, and last but by no means least was stand in bass player, Garry who showed he was made of good stuff and played along like he was doing it with these guys week in and week out. Blue Venom played some great cover classics which included Watch Tower (Jimmy Hendriks), one of my favourites from the 60s and then some Kravitz, Credence, Spencer Davis, Deep Purple and a whole host of great covers which spanned from the 60s and into to the 70s. Ihadmy head down listening as I was taking notes and hadn’t noticed the crowd slowly growing around me. It was as though Blue Venom was The Pied Piper and drawing more and more people with their great sound. Some more covers great were played such as Bad Moon Rising and The Boys are Back In Town. What a great Sunday arvo, seeing so many families there together, kids running around on the huge expanse of lawn and playing in the kids playground and couples and music devotees crowded around tables, their fingers tapping in tune to the beat of the music with smiles on the faces of the patrons showing how much they enjoyed being there. To them this was just another magic Sunday arvo down at the Timo taking in the good vibes before heading back to another five day grind in the salt mines of the city. Leaving, I looked over my shoulder and envied those staying and thought to myself that the good old Timo has still got it.