EARTH SCANDINAVIAN TOUR
FEBRUARY 1969



Earth Warwick Square, Carlisle March 15, 1969



Earth Promotional Poster September 1968




VOCALS: JOHN MICHAEL "OZZY" OSBOURNE
BASS: TERENCE "GEEZER" BUTLER
GUITARS/FLUTE: TONY IOMMI
DRUMS: BILL WARD





Geezer, Bill and Ozzy at The Marquee February 6, 1969

I februari 1969 gjorde Earth sina första spelningar utanför England. Enligt uppgift reste dom i Tony Iommis gamla skåpvagn med färjan från England till Europas fastland för att ta sig vidare till Hamburg för spelning(ar).
"Vi gjorde flera europaturnéer under de här tidiga åren. Den första tog oss till Hamburg, Danmark och Sverige..." (Tony Iommi Iron Man).



Tony's van outside his house in Aston

De två första spelningarna i Danmark den 15 Februari på Gladsaxe Teen Club och Bröndby Pop Club båda i Köpenhamn blev inställda för att bandet satt fast i en snöstorm i Frankfurt (enligt artikel i Teen Clubs medlemstidning). ”Den engelske bluesgruppe Earth var fanget i 14-15 meter (næsten) sne i Frankfurt,” Om Frankfurt är en felskrivning eller om dom också spelade där ska vi för tillfället ha osagt. I en annan bok står det dock att dom reste med färjan från Harwich till Esbjerg och när dom kom till Esbjerg så möttes dom av en snöstorm. " The journey to Denmark, by ferry and Transit van, was less amusing. It seemed never ending to the band as the travelled from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark and finally on to Copenhagen. Arriving in Denmark, they were greeted by heavy snow. The roads were open but driving was difficult, and the old Transit van eventually broke down in the middle of nowhere. ... The promoter in Copenhagen sent a representative out to travel in the van with Earth..." (How Black Was Our Sabbath) Fram till Köpenhamn tog dom sig till slut där de genomförde tre spelningar på Klubben Revolution. ”Endnu en gang har fire engelske bluesmusikere haft succes i Danmark. Denne gang var det den ret nye gruppe Earth, som i tre dage begejstrede publikum i Revolution i København. Af ydre ligner gruppen Jethro Tull, men den er langt bedre. Det er især sangeren John Michael Osbourne og guitaristen og fløjtespilleren Tony Iommi, der er iørefaldende. Deres teknik er suveræn.” (Aalborg Stiftstidende).



DENMARK

Feb 15 - Gladsaxe Teen Club (Egegårds Skolen)/Gladsaxe,DK (Cancelled)







Feb 15 - Bröndby Pop Club (Norregardsskolen)/Bröndby,DK (Cancelled)





Feb 17 - Revolution/Copenhagen,DK (with Root Jackson, Jenny and the Hightimers)

Feb 18 - Revolution/Copenhagen,DK (with Root Jackson, Jenny and the Hightimers)

Feb 19 - Revolution/Copenhagen,DK (with Root Jackson, Jenny and the Hightimers)





Revolution, Åboulevard 35, Frederiksberg



SWEDEN

Feb 20 - Domino/Stockholm,SWE (with Peps and Blues Quality)



Annons Expressen 19 feb 1969



Annons Expressen 20 feb 1969

- "Vi tog hit Black Sabbath redan när de hette... vad var det nu? Earth, ja, så var det. 1969, måste det ha varit. De spelade på lilla klubben Domino på Södermalm.
Bandet sov i en gammal skåpvagn som de hade parkerat på Söder Mälarstrand. Jag fick väcka dem."

Thomas Johansson (Live Nation) i Rock n Roll Magazine #4 2018



För referens: Bandet More på Dominos scen den 14 feb 1970 (dvs ett knappt år efter att Earth spelade där.)
Bingohall dagtid och diskotek och band kvällstid. Foto: Kerold Klang



Recension av Stockholmsspelningen Svenska Dagbladet 22 feb 1969

A summary of the review in English:

Happy blues evening!

Blues was the theme for Domino's qualitypop evening last thursday, when british group Earth and swedish group Blues Quality with Peps performed.

Earth formed as late as august of last year and haven't made a record yet. At the start they were six man, but now they're down to four. Like so many other groups that have since gained glory and fame, they have been discovered at the Marquee in London, where they currently are the in house band. Earth arrived in Stockholm from Copenhagen and will also perform in Gothenburg on this, their first Scandinavian tour.

Earth have gotten much of their inspiration from Jazz. They play a happy Jazzblues, but with strong influences from Rock n Roll music. A lot of their repertoire is old jazz- and rock songs that they have re-arranged. In some way they reminds me of Ten Years After.

It was a satisfying experience hearing a new and unknown band as Earth do such a great gig. They played well-balanced and with emotion - with a nice groove to their songs. The guitar playing reminded me of a young Eric Clapton and the drummer showed his ability with many talented and interesting ideas during a long drum solo. The groups progressive, "happy" blues was very catching and fun to listen to.





Feb 21 - Shaker Club (Folkets Hus)/Smedjebacken,SWE





Från tidningen Bärkebygd



Festsalen i Folkets Hus Smedjebacken på 50-talet.

Folkets Hus, Vasagatan 11, Smedjebacken



Feb 22 - Hornet (Stockholms Nation)/Uppsala,SWE







A summary of the review in English:

According to reliable sources, blues music is on its way back in the pop context. 50% of the new bands that appears seems to be playing blues. At the same time as many of the "big" blues acts as John Mayall and Canned Heat increases in popularity new blues bands pop up with the hope that they might get a "free ride".

Most people have probably never heard of Earth, one of the many new british blues bands. As blues musicians they do not differ much in comparison with other british acts within the same genre. This was at least my first impression at Saturdays concert.

My second impression however came after a few songs; Maybe do they have their own style, something that made you listen and watch with a bit more interest? However, a correct definition of this is difficult to make. They reminded me a bit of Jethro Tull.

Earth is the kind of popband that would probably upset the ordinary middle aged Swedish citizen if he against all odds would visit one of their shows. They have long hair and wear dirty clothes and doesn't dress very well, they play very hard and loud music. But if he against all odds would listen with an open mind he would soon discover that they are good musicians and that they play catchy songs.

Bluesmusic is supposed to follow certain predetermined and given patterns. The possibilities for variation will thus not be too many. With the help of electronics, however, the modern blues bands have given the whole thing a new angle. Earth stayed within the frame all the time but still managed to vary the music so that it did not become monotonous, mainly through long instrumental solos. The bands singer did not have much to do, but he spent time with clowning around.

Earth is one of many blues bands. If they are heard about in some major contexts, it is difficult to say, here it can only be said that in terms of quality, they hold up very well in comparison with many others.





Stockholms Nation, Drottninggatan 11, Uppsala February 1964



Feb 23 - Globe Club/Gothenburg,SWE



Annons Göteborgs Posten 23 feb 1969



Huset på Nils Ericsonsgatan 3 där Globe Club huserade. Globe Club låg på våning 1 och 2 och på våningarna ovanför huserade två andra klubbar. Huset revs 1971 för att ge plats åt Parkeringshuset Nordstan.



Tack till KB's tidningsarkiv, diverse facebookgrupper och sidor - Det Gamla Stockholm, Det Gamla Göteborg, Shaker Club, Uppsala Musikarkiv, Anders Folke, Daniel Sundblad (för tipset som ledde mig på rätt spår angående Uppsala), Revolution - Spillested samt devilution.dk för info om Danmarksspelningarna.



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