To commemorate the passing of Australian Rock Legend Doc Neeson today’s song is a live performance of The Angels hit song No Secrets. I was fortunate enough to see Doc Neeson perform live 3 times, once in the Moonshine Jug and String Band, once in The Keystone Angels, and once in The Angels. He was a great live performer and the world is a better place for his having been here and a sadder place for his having left.
The Angels were an Australian rock band that were internationally successful in the late 1970's and the 1980's. They had started in Adelaide in 1970 as the Moonshine Jug & String Band, playing skifle, jazz and blues.In 1974 they changed their music to 50s style rock'n'roll and their name to The Keystone Angels. Then, on obtaining a major record deal, they again changed their name, this time to The Angels in 1975 and played a much heavier and faster style of rock. Over the years the line-up has changed considerably but at the time this video was recorded, in 1979, the line-up was: (Bernard) Doc Neeson on vocals; Rick Brewster on guitar; John Brewster on guitar; Chris Bailey on bass; and Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup on drums.
No Secrets was the opening track from The Angels 4th album Dark Room, and was the first single released from the album, in 1980. This performance is from the legendary New Year’s Eve 1979 concert at the Sydney Opera House. The concert was cut short when a riot broke out in the audience. Doc Neeson and Chris Bailey were both taken to the hospital after both were hit by bottles thrown from the crowd. Doc was cut by the bottle and Chris was knocked unconcious.
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