Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel played the Mawson Hotel at Caves Beach lots of times in the late 70’s. Well the hotel just got lunched, to make way for more stuff.  Some good shows and good nights were had there.

This is one of my favourite shots of Ian Moss. In silhouette. I only used the  stage lights, as flash bothers the players and washes out the atmosphere. I shot using fast speed film and doubled the time developing it in my garage darkroom.  Mossy used to take a solo spot while the band had a drink and he would play  Georgia, and it would hush the crowd down.

Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978
Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel at the Mawson with the crowd up close and personal.

Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978
Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Jimm Barnes in combat boots and ex army gear rocking his heart out. Mawson Hotel Caves Beach 1978.

Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978
Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978

Grubby, Newcastle’s most favourite drummer, who played in Rim Shot and Rat  Salad and many others and has mixed for a lot of bands too, summed up the  crowds feeling after a Cold Chisel gig. Quite often Grubby would take in a  show at the Mawson and then hitch into town to play with his own band,  who would be waiting, wondering where the hell is he. Somehow he always got  there, not so much on time, but got there.

Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978
Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978

Phil Small Cold Chisel bass player Mawson Hotel 1978.

Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978
Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978

Ian Moss – another great guitar solo at the Mawson Hotel 1978.

Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977
Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977

Don Walker on Keyboards Mawson Hotel 1978. You didn’t get to see much of Don from the front of the stage, but he was the backbone of the group, writing some fantastic songs.

Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978
Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978

Steve Prestwich Cold Chisel Drummer Maswon Hotel 1978.

Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978
Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978
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