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The band members didn't immediately realize what was happening, and continued playing until Gary 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 Gary out, and man, he was stiff as a board. They only had to grasp his shoulders and his feet. It was obvious Gary had sustained a terrible electric shock through his bass guitar. Andrew M Williams

 
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.
 

Andrew M. Williams

Ft Worth, Texas

 

 

 

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Hensley Sacrificed Thain For Heep's future. Click to enlarge

 

  • Thanks to Gary Thain for being such a great bassplayer.

  • Thanks to the guys of www.travellersintime.com  for  their approval to use some graphics and radio ad.

  • Thanks to Andrew M. Wiliams for sharing his story and ticket stubs.

  • Thanks to Konstantinos Takos for his efforts to get the heep.com gig lists as complete as possible.

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