10 MAY 2014 ~ NZ ARTIST OF THE DAY
"During the period of 1972, Ticket were New Zealand's ultimate acid band."
It is quite amazing to us just how many people walk in the door and tell us that they used to have this album... soon after, most of them are kicking themselves when they see the price tag on AWAKE.
TICKET were incredibly popular in their time (1970s), and this album IS an early example of a NZ album that today is HIGHLY collectible, and very rare.
"Ticket's reputation for fiery live performances made them a major draw at clubs, campuses and concerts all over New Zealand. They preceded Elton John at Western Springs Stadium and Black Sabbath at the Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival, headlined several local festivals and shared stages with Jerry Lee Lewis and Daddy Cool, before shifting to Australia, where they established a new and equally ardent following. They were the only band to have two songs featured in the soundtrack of Morning Of The Earth, the biggest surf movie ever from Australasia."
In a time that preceded NZ on AIR funding, youtube and TV videos, the live music scene was pretty much THE way to build a loyal following... and these guys got out there and did just that. They did reunite for a couple of 30 year reunion shows last year, and there is talk of more... in the meantime here's a live clip from back in the day that TICKET have uploaded on youtube...