The ticket story. Konstantinos Takos from Athens made an
incredible effort to find a ticket from this special gig.
Below are two sides from the 1975 free gig ticket (with John Wetton).
This concert was to compensate for the cancellation of the 1974
one. What happened was that Konstantinos eventually found two different parts of
the ticket (look at the different numbers). Konstantinos contributed the right side, then found out that Andrew Wiliams (see below) had the left side and finally made the combination of the two sides in order to create an unusual Heep document.
Andrew attended both gigs. This is his
review on what happened at the 1974 one:
It was 1974 and I was about 20,
there in Dallas at Southern Methodist University’s Moody
Coliseum with my first wife for a Uriah Heep concert; they were
my favorite band. We were very close to the stage, probably
around the 10th row. They were using ShowCo equipment,
and were really hitting their stride; it looked to be a fabulous
concert. Around the middle of ‘July Morning’, when Mick Box was
doing the heavy instrumental guitar part, bassist Gary Thain,
ordinarily very calm and even subdued, suddenly started
seemingly dancing and jiggling around wildly on the right side
of the stage where he was playing.
The band members didn't
immediately realize what was happening, and continued playing
until he hit the floor perhaps after only five seconds later.
The crowd had been totally rocking out; then a weird silence
descended, and then people started to talk, but in an almost
hushed tone. After a quick medic exam, two guys carried him out,
and man, he was stiff as a board. They only had to grasp his
shoulders and his feet. It was obvious he had sustained a
terrible electric shock through his bass guitar.
Ken Hensley, whom I considered the band's 'leader' of sorts, awkwardly said "Well,
can't dance!"...and nervously paced around waiting in front of
the crowd for word. After a few minutes, the show was announced
cancelled, but without a group meeting or hesitation, a band
member, again, if memory serves, Hensley, announced that they
would play a free show later, and they did so, also at Moody.