When Abba toured, in 1977, Jands supplied the sound, lighting and a custom built hydraulic stage that was used to raise and lower the 17 piece Australian orchestra who provided backing for several songs including “Dancing Queenrdquo;
In a radio interview, after the Melbourne concert, reporter Don McLean said:
“…a big speaker bank either side of the stage and then they had another one half way up the lawn area. I think possibly because of the use of strings and synthesizers and just the band themselves playing and the whole lot was blended so well, it was just unbelievable, the sound was perfect. And of course you could hear every word that ABBA sang which was what the kids were there for anyway.
Also the lighting, the stage was all white. They had big blue curtains hanging down on either side with ah sort of flowers all round the stage. And ah, I wouldn’t be sure exactly how many lights they had, they had a lot of lights on stage, on the sides of the stage and it was just one big colour bath the whole way through. It was brilliant.”
Tour Dates 1977
March 3 & 4 Sydney Showgrounds
March 5 & 6 Melbourne Myer Music Bowl
March 8 Adelaide Westlakes Stadium
March 10, 11 & 12 Perth Entertainment Centre.
Jands Sound, Lighting & Staging Crew
Howard Page, Peter Rooney, Paul Mulholland
Promoter Paul Dainty
Tour Manager Michael Chugg
Assistant Tour Manager Graham Maddigan
Production Manager Eric Robinson
Publicity Patti Mostyn