The Return of Stretch Marx

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Rock n Roll

I haven’t forgotten the website, oh no! In fact, tonight I uploaded a truckload of old Sparkling Apple photos to the “Stringbean Years” section, back when we had VERY long hair. Several of the newer photos show us at the Port Coquitlam Rec Centre in 1975, along with a couple of photos of us at Ian’s Cabaret in Nanaimo in 1976. What was interesting about Ian’s was that it was an old mansion on the Island Highway, and each week’s band would be given accommodations in the upstairs bedrooms. Getting to the gig was just a matter of coming downstairs to the nightclub, rather than having to drive miles in the dark (and yes, we’ve done that one, too).

Also very telling are some photos from a 1976 soundcheck at Alta Lake Lodge in Whistler (LONG before it became a world-class ski resort). The lodge itself was a 150-seat room, but we’re shown putting our HUGE new Sunn amps through their paces. No wonder I’m deaf now! Sheesh!
By the way, this is one of the only photos in existence of the One and Only Rocky Bongo in action (at the Answer nightclub in Chilliwack, BC, December 1977).

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