The word ‘iconic’ gets bandied about rather regularly these days when describing a musical act with the remotest hint of longevity or repute. In the case of errr..iconic..first wave R&B/psych torch bearers The Pretty Things, it’s a more than apt description.
Having blazed stages for the best part of 55 years, the band who preceded even The Rolling Stones in terms of initial influence on the nascent British guitar explosion of the 60’s, are shortly heading down under for one last hurrah.
In fact, Pretty Things founding member Dick Taylor was actually a member of an early version of The Rolling Stones. They also put out one of the first rock concept albums, S.F Sorrow, in 1968, and their off-stage exploits are the stuff of music legend.
The band will be officially retiring from electrified performances at the end of the year, when they play one final show in London, with a range of special guests, including Van Morrison and Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour.
And in a real coup for Aussie audiences, the band will shortly be playing a select run of dates throughout the country, with a show scheduled in Brisbane for the first time ever!
So be sure to get along and bear witness to one of the true, real-deal pioneering rock acts, whose DNA is firmly embedded in all of the best bits of wild and wigged-out guitar music as we know it.
“The Pretty Things always made The Stones look tame.” Dave Gilmour
“One of the greatest R&B bands of all time – real wild.” Van Morrison
“The Pretty Things’ were the biggest influence on us…they invented garage bands.” Joey Ramone
“The Beatles” were cute, “The Stones” were students, but “The Pretty Things” were plain frightening.” John Peel
The Pretty Things will be in Brisbane for the very first time on the night of Thursday, 4 October, at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley.
Get your tickets here.