Geeza

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Geeza
Also known as The Geeza Rock'n'Roll Show
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Rock
Years active 1973 (1973)–1979 (1979), 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Living Sound, Laser, RCA
Associated acts Boy Racer, Speed Limit, The Rams, The Terry Halliday Band, The Great Aussie Rock Show, The Valkyries, Little Egypt, The House Rockers, TMC, 2112, Simoriah, Terrani, Swallowing Cars, Hell on High Heels, T-Wrex, Battle Boulevard, Two Bob Watch, Alan McDonald Productions, Louis Pearl and the Chepang Dynasty, Ted Mulry Gang
Website www.terryhalliday.com.au/geeza.html
Members Terry Halliday
Chris Stopforth
Tony Meaney
Past members Gabriel Vendetti
Lee Martin
Allan Fraiel
Tony Cini
Steve Gronow
Ian Marshall
Allan Watts
Ian Webb
Barrington Davis
Dominic Goffredo
Scott Cornell
John Adams
Xerxes Salazar
Warwick Hoffman
Brad Johns
Martin Skipper

Geeza are an Australian rock band formed in late 1973 in Sydney by Tony Cini, Gabriel Vendetti, Martin Adamson, Allan Fraiel and Ian Webb. Early in their career they performed as The Geeza Rock'n'Roll Show. The current lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Terry Halliday, has led the band through several incarnations since 1975 with founding members Cini, Watts, Marshall and Webb departing. The remaining four members released Geeza's only album to date, Streetlife, in late 1977. The album spawned a top 100 single, "Run 'n' Hide" on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart. The group disbanded in 1979, before being reformed by Halliday in 2010, as the sole member from their 1970s line-up.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Originally named "Solid Ash" in 1973 with the line up including Martin Adamson (bass & vocals) Gabby Vendetti (Lead Guitar) Ray Falzon (Rhythm Guitar) Ian Webb (drums). After a few successful gigs it was decided to bring in a dedicated singer. It was after a few interviews (one included AC/DC's Dave Evans) that Tony Cini was chosen and Martin began penning original songs. With the new line up of Tony, Gabby, Martin, Ray & Ian, Martin came up with the name Geeza one night after band practice. He was insistent it be spelled that way,and with no opposition so it stuck. Martin acted as the band's manager and the band played many high profile gigs playing a mix of blues-rock and originals, until they were discovered by Steve Rondo, a local entrepreneur with a high profile out in the Sydney West area.

Steve Rondo took Geeza out of the school and local dance circuit and into serious events often supporting top name acts such as Chain, Sherbet, Buffalo and early AC/DC to name a few. In September 1974, the band underwent a significant change of style and we saw the departure of the two blues musicians Tony Cini and Ray Falzon, the new line up included Terry Meaney (then only 17) on vocals, Gabby Marshall (Vendetti) on guitar, Marty Lee (Martin Adamson) on bass, Ian Marshall (Webb) on first drums and Alan Fraeil on second drums (ala Garry Glitter style). Steve Rondo had devised The Geeza Rock & Roll Show, a lavish (for those days) stage act that cabaret-style theatrical performances included exploding phone boxes and other extravagant props that were used to win over audiences across Sydney.

The band went on to perform live on the back of a flatbed truck as it drove around Parramatta in late 1975, in a similar manner to AC/DC who did the same early the next year. Geeza signed with Living Sound Music. The band's first single, "Vambo", was a cover version of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band's 1973 track "Vambo Marble Eye".[1] It was released by Living Sound in April 1976 and they had shortened their name to Geeza.[1]

Streetlife to break-up[edit]

"Vambo" had garnered enough attention in Geeza to warrant the recording of their first and – as of January 2012 – only studio album, Streetlife. So late in 1976, the group returned to Atlantic Studios to record, which was released in mid-1977.[2] Streetlife spawned two singles, "Run 'n' Hide" and "Song to Warilla", the former peaking at number 56 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.[3][4] The album was produced by Mario Millo (ex-Sebastian Hardie, Windchase).[1] "Run 'n' Hide" was written by Martin and the album was issued by Laser Records.[5][6]

Immediately following the release of Streetlife, bassist and songwriter Martin departed the band and was replaced by Steve Gronow. Geeza then went on to support the Ted Mulry Gang on their three-month national tour to support their LP, Disturbing the Peace, from April to June 1978. Following the tour, Fraiel and Gronow left the band and were replaced by John Adams and Scott Cornell, respectively, from Railroad Gin. Halliday left later that year, to be replaced by Barrington Davis (ex-Powerpact, Kahvas Jute). Early in 1979, Vendetti, Cornell and Adams then left, being replaced by Xerxes Salazar, Dominic Goffredo (who had filled in for Cornell previously) and Warwick Hoffman respectively.

The line-up of Davis, Salazar, Goffredo and Hoffman wrote and recorded 8 new tracks, however these tracks were not released as Geeza broke up soon after recording.[7]

Reformation[edit]

In 2010, former lead vocalist Terry Halliday contacted the other members of Geeza's 1977 lineup (Gabriel Vendetti, Lee Martin and Allan Fraiel) in an attempt to reform the band. However, the other members were unavailable and so gave Halliday permission to reform Geeza with an all new lineup. Halliday then contacted guitarist Brad Johns, bass guitarist Martin Skipper, drummer Tony Meaney and saxophonist Martyn Wright, who all joined the band for a number of performances during 2010.

However, this lineup would not last, as Johns and Skipper departed the band before the end of the year and they were replaced in late 2011 by Chris Stopforth and Brooke Webb, respectively.

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Terry Halliday – vocals, rhythm guitar, synthesiser (1975–1979, 2010–present)
  • Chris Stopforth – lead guitar

Past members

  • Tony Cini – vocals (1972–1974)
  • Gabriel Vendetti – guitar (1971–1979)
  • Ray Falzon - guitar (1971-1974)
  • Lee Martin (Martin Adamson) – bass guitar (1971–1977)
  • Allan Fraiel – drums (1973–1978)
  • Ian Webb (Marshall) – drums (1971–1975)
  • Steve Gronow – bass guitar (1977–1978)
  • Barrington Davis – vocals (1978–1980)
  • Dominic Goffredo – bass guitar (1978–1980)
  • Scott Cornell – bass guitar (1978–1979)
  • John Adams – drums (1978–1979)
  • Xerxes Salazar – guitar (1979–1980)
  • Warwick Hoffman – drums (1979–1980)
  • Brad Johns – guitar (2010)
  • Martin Skipper – bass guitar (2010)

References[edit]

General
  • Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara (1993). Who's Who of Australian Rock. The Five Mile Press. ISBN 0-86788-368-5.
  • McGrath, Noel (1984). Noel McGrath's Australian Encyclopaedia of Rock & Pop. Rigby Publishers. ISBN 0-7270-1909-0.
  1. ^ a b c McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Geeza'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 21 August 2004. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. ^ Haliday, Terry (15 November 2005). "Geeza Bio". Terry Halliday Productions. Retrieved 6 January 2012. Note: click on Bio tab.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  4. ^ Savagegrant (22 April 2011). "General: Music/Charts related – Australian Artists List". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  5. ^ ""Run 'n' Hide" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Run 'n' hide [music] / words and music by Lee Martin". Music Australia (National Library of Australia). 12 March 1993. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Barrington Davis Biography". barringtondavis.com. 2012. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012.

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