Mr Damage’s 40th Birthday Party last night was advertised as “…a once in a lifetime event” and it didn’t fail to measure up.
The Angels invited hundreds of guests from the pool of people they’ve entertained, worked with and made friends with over the last four decades. The party was flooded with record company executives, booking agents, past and present crew members, journalists and fans, all ready for a rockin’ good time on a school night.
… and rock it did! Always at the core of the songs has been the Brewster-Driven-Riffs and in this photo from Craig Peihopa we can see that the number of Brewsters on stage during the party multiplied for a while as both Tom & Harry Brewster jumped on stage to help push those riffs to an even greater rhythmic pinnacle.
Australia’s most authoritave rock historian Glenn A Baker gave his time freely to act as Master Of Ceremonies for the evening. When the show got underway he referred to a text he had written decades ago as The Angels began their formative career, and now it was great to see all these years later how the continued evolution of the country’s greatest pub rock outfit is still forging ahead.
Held at The Basement in Sydney, it’s not the usual kind of room for a full tilt rock band, nonetheless the crew packed in the stage gear and some extra lights before they helped blow all the dust out of the venue’s sound system.
The first set was really well received as the band gave a full live perfromance of their recent studio album “TALK THE TALK“. Interval saw Glenn A Baker return to the stage where he led the entire audience through a very vocal rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Mr Damage.
After interval The Angels launched into a non-stop string of their radio hits while the crowd built into a frenzy that required not one but two complete encores.
Stacks of people flew in from all over the country to attend the party. Some guests we’re so hell bent on joining in the fun that they made a special trip all the way from Cambridge in England. Commitment like that is a shining example of why The Angels 40th Anniversary will go down in Australian rock history as a national achievement.
“I’m very proud of the band and I thank them for such a great party.” – Mr Damage.