JPS Australia


Bill Haley, Johnny O’Keefe, The Drifters & The Coasters

In late December 1973 and early January 1974 Johnny O’Keefe toured Australia with Bill Haley and the Comets, the Coasters, the Drifters and JOK’s young Australian protégé Dennis Knight in what was billed as Australia’s First Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Show. Tour Dates December 30 1973 – January 13 1974 December 30 – Randwick Racecourse […]

Gary Glitter 1973

Gary Glitter first toured Australia in November 1973. Ariel were the support act. Video

Status Quo 1973 – 1978

Status Quo’s breakthrough album ‘Piledriver’ was released in 1972 and foreshadowed a heavier, energetic sound. During the 1970s they became one of the UK’s leading rock bands and toured extensively. The band first visited Australia, as support act to Slade, in early 1973. They returned, as headliners, later that year and toured again in 1974, […]

Slade, Status Quo, Lindisfarne and Caravan 1973

This was Status Quo’s first trek to Australia and New Zealand. It would become a regular trip during the 1970s but on this, their first tour, Quo played as support band to the UK glam rockers ‘Slade’. Quo would return to Australia within the year. The support act was Blackfeather. Jands sound system was put […]

The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival – NZ

The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival was held over 3 days. between the 6th and 8th of January 1973. It was the first major music festival held in New Zealand and attracted over 18,000 people. The venue, a farm about 3km north of the town centre, was a a natural amphitheatre and a perfect outdoor rock […]