As we remembered with Doc K.E.Ford's other exhibitions, in the 80's and 90's there was a wealth of great bands, of all genres, playing and recording in Hamilton
And not just around the local Waikato venues. Many of us packed up the Trucks, Trailers, Cars & Vans and headed out around the entire country. It was a great time for live music and some great adventures.
The heady days when you would drive 5 hours crammed into the truck or van with 5 or 6 other unwashed and hormonal musicians & crew, load several tons of equipment up the rickety back stairs of some dingy nightclub (god, we must have been fit), spend hours setting up, play 4 hours in hot sweaty explosions of youthful energy, only to pack it all down and load it back in the truck, maybe grab a couple of hours sleep, a gas station pie & a can of coke , and off to the next gig. Complete madness, and I wouldn’t want to change a minute of it.
But, the mullet haircuts are long gone and sadly, a lot of these venues have since closed or are no longer featuring live music but their memories live on.