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Pretty Things return to rock Powerstation as senior citizens

Dec 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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PRETTY OLD THINGS: From left, Mark St John, Phil May and Dick Taylor.

The Pretty Things are in New Zealand and this time they have not been kicked out.

The fact most of the band members are senior citizens probably helps.

When the Pretty Things visited these shores in 1965 their drummer Vivian Prince’s drunken antics led to them being asked to leave and never return.

Forty seven years later they were back and wowed the Powerstation crowd in Auckland at the weekend with a two hour set of their punchy blues/rock anthems.

Original members Dick Taylor (guitar) and Phil May (vocals) are joined by Frank Holland (rhythm guitar) and Mark St John (percussion).

The rhythm section, Jack Greenwood (drums) and George Perez (bass) were born long after 1965.

The band kicked off with ‘Roadrunner’ and powered through other classics like Cry to Me and LSD, closing with Rosalyn.

Dick Taylor, original base player with the Rolling Stones, showed he has still got it when he played bottle neck guitar for an acoustic Robert Johnson number.

Auckland veterans the Pleazers, with vocalist Shane Hales, played support followed by local legends Ray Woolf, Larry Morris, Midge Marsden and Luke Hurley backed by local band the Mystic Eyes.

IN SPOTLIGHT: Dick Taylor plays bottleneck guitar.

PRETTY YOUNG: Younger band members George Perez (bass) and Jack Greenwood (drums).

CROWD PLEASERS: The Pleazers outside Powerstation – Shane Hales third from left

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  1. Nice article LIz, enjoying your posts!

  2. Hi
    In 1965 at the New Plymouth Royal Hotel, Viv Prince the then drummer for the Pretty Things, told me what I would need to be a drummer. I was 17 then. I sat on what he said for nigh on 40 years. I became a drummer in 2000
    (in a Highland Pipe Band) using his suggestions which have been the mainstay of my drumming.

    I wish I could have been there to see them but economics ruled out such a visit and all the best.

    Thanks too, Liz.

    Paul Cotter
    Invercargill

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