|20th anniversary show!|
|Haze interview - with Tim Stenton||News - interview & radio play!|
|Set List - what you missed||Live CD - make it a double!|
|Cassette - 20 years retrospective||Apologies - for absence|
|It was 20 years ago today - pix!||Nib Savage - the return!|
|Haze Christmas Show - latest news|
|at the BOARDWALK on Sunday 31st May 1998|
For the first time in 10 years the classic Haze line-up of Chris McMahon, Paul McMahon & Paul Chisnell was reunited for a full Haze show. The date was 31st May 1998 at the Boardwalk, Snig Hill, Sheffield, and was a great success, attracting crowds from all over England, with one brave soul, Daniele Castracane, travelling all the way from Italy!
Dutch Radio Interviews
I was in Holland for the bank holiday weekend to do a couple of radio interviews. On Saturday 2nd May I visited Ron Lammers at Radio Apeldoorn(FM 107.1MHz, cable 87.9MHz) and recorded an interview with him. He'll broadcast it on his Wednesday evening show Symfo City, along with Haze tracks 'The Load', 'Survive', 'Mountain' & 'Ophelia' plus 'Let Go' from World Turtle. On Sunday 3rd May I was interviewed by Andre Steijns on his 'Paperlate' radio show on BRTO - radio at Bergen op Zoom, Nederland. Andre played virtually nothing but Haze, World Turtle & Von Daniken on his show! The show is transmitted live on Sunday 20.00/22.00, and repeated on Thursday 21.00/23.00(CET, so it's an hour later in our foolish English Summer Time) on FM-channel 105.8 and on the local cable-network. I also spoke to Mark Deren on his show for Radio Heemskirk - Andre kindly let me ring from his studio after they went off air. Thanks to everyone who made me so welcome in Holland - hopefully I'll be back with the band before too long! I've got a tape of the Paperlate show & CD-R of the Symfo City show, so if anyone wants a copy, send us an SAE & tape (C90 for Paperlate, C60 for Symfo).
Haze on Internet Radio
Well Saturday's Rockade show on Radio Latvia One didn't go as smoothly as hoped! The 5 CDs I sent failed to make it to the radio station, so there was just 5 mins of chat from me & the exclusive track 'To Us All', from the 20th anniversary tape played. I also failed to receive the show over the internet, although others had better luck. Eddie Lavrinovics Rockade show goes out every Saturday night midnight CET+3 (9pm UK time). To have a listen go to Radio Latvia homepage and click on "Radio Latvia One online ! Please visit our audio page".
|Set List - what you missed!|
We started with a list of 50 songs, narrowed it down to what we thought would be 2 hours, then cut it down again when it ran to 2½ hours (& we still over-ran on the night!)
The show was recorded for CD release on Cyclops Records 'Club Cyclops' label. Club Cyclops releases are individually numbered limited editions of 500. The CDs are only available from Cyclops/GFT mail order and from us. The price is £12 including p&p, and I'm taking orders now!
The very limited edition 2nd live CD, covering everything else that was played at the show, has now sold out. This was only available with the 'proper' CD, cost £20 for the two CDs. Songs were picked for the main CD on the basis of performance and quality of recording, although the whole show was pretty good ('though I say it myself). We were on stage for 2½ hours, though only played 2 hours 10 mins of music (not sure what we were doing the rest of the time:-)), just enough to fill 2 CDs. Thanks to Rog, it was recorded onto 8 track ADAT (the other ADAT never materialised), mixing was completed in June, and the CDs were available from mid July.
Sorry the pricing is not the old Haze bargain basement policy, but this has been an expensive & time consuming project for us (including recording costs, the gig actually lost money, despite an excellent turn out!) Also Cyclops Records (who are also selling the CDs through their GFT mail order company) have asked us to match their prices.
Track listings are:-
CD 1 (limited edition - 500 copies)
|CD 2 (sold out - 100 copies)
I steered clear of material that has recently appeared on CD, or that was to be played at the 20th anniversary show, opting instead for the more obscure stuff.
Have a listen to 'To Us All' on our Audio page.
Congratulations are also in order to Rog, who managed to stop him mobile phone ringing for long enough to get married earlier this month! The honeymoon will probably be in a tour bus somewhere...
Dave 'Wedgie' Hadley is off being a professional roadie too, this time with Gomez 'the greatest band in the world' (but then he says that about every new band he discovers - I thought Gomez was Nick's cat).
Diarmuid & Julie Kerrin won't be able to make it, but they've a slightly better excuse - they're living in Australia!
Sadly Brian Cairns couldn't make the gig due to health problems, but we've offered to go and play the acoustic set in his lounge!
Larry Kolota of Kinesis Records sends apologies for absence, but then it is a long way to the USA.
Malcolm Parker's excuse (Cyclops Records), isn't so impressive - he can't get a babysitter!
Gordon Walker missed the show due to getting married to long time girlfriend Jacqui down in Chetlenham on Friday 29th.
Left to right Chris McMahon (bass & vocals - age 17), Michael Powell (keyboards & vocals age - 15), Andy McNaughten (drums - age 16), Paul McMahon (guitar & vocals - age 15).
Photo taken by Raphael Fox on 4th June 1978 at our second rehearsal in the cellar. For more old Haze pix go to Chris Treebeard's Flickr.
Our first gig as Haze was on 10th November 1978 at Stephen Hill Youth Club. The gig was double booked as a pyjama party (some things never change!) & we got shouted at by the organiser for running off loads of posters on the office copier & flyposting them all over town - phone boxes, bus stops, everywhere!
I'm not sure what we played at this gig, but a rehearsal from November 1978 finds us playing:- Concrete Coffin*, S' Nothing New*, Blood On The Pavements*, Time*, City Dogs*, Exiles Song (Cellar Tapes), AD79*, Look Around*, Still You Turn Me On (Greg Lake), Brain Damage/Eclipse (Pink Floyd).
* Unreleased original songs.
Apart from looking particularly well fed, it's still recognisable as the band you know and love(sic).
There's more photos from this session on Tim's AOL webspace, check out Tim's page. There's also hundreds of photos from the anniversary show that I'll try and get up there as soon as possible.
Hello again to all you sad muppets out there in Hazeville. It's your old friend Nib Savage once again gracing these tatty pages with a little enlightened and incisive prose. I gather that once more those paragons of pseudo progressive pap previously known as Haze will be reforming again to assault the sensibilities of all right thinking individuals with their repulsive blend of prog rock, bodily hair and poor dress sense. My spies reveal that the collective weight of the band has increased by at least five stone since the tenth anniversary gig and the stage of the Boardwalk will have to be specially reinforced to prevent the band from falling through the floor. Why Bother? say I. Let this bunch of sad old hippies sink into literal as well as metaphorical oblivion and the sooner the better for all concerned. Don't these old buffoons realise that the punters these days want the Spice Girls & Boyzone and have no time for three retired fashion blackspots whose nicknames would have to be Grumpy Spice, Old Spice & Hippy Spice?. But enough about that triumvirate of losers, I'm sure you all want to hear what I've been up to since the late eighties. After the blessed disintegration of the original Hazeys, I managed to secure a well paid job as speechwriter for Michael Portillo. I was responsible for some of his finest catchphrases including 'Let them eat dung', 'Sod the proles' and 'Stuff the unemployed'. For some strange reason, I found myself out of a job in May 1997, until I secured my present employment as a negotiator for the U.N. peacekeeping force in Kosovo.