Rockbrat Remembers: When Escape & John The Beast came to Sydney

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In the mid 80s, Adelaide’s Escape caused quite a stir amongst the HM community – on the east coast at least. Their guitar player, John The Beast, was quite literally – bigger than Ben Hur. For a band  that relied heavily on its image and stage show – it comes as a surpise that no recorded legacy exists of the bands existence. Man punters will of course remember when John The Beast appeared on Sounds, or Adelaide Tonight etc. The media interest however, was always based on the size of the man, and the array of gear he used to attire himself in – including, from memory, a guitar with an engine ! Great days. Here is a couple of old interviews I found from old Sydney newspapers I was thumbing through today. One by Stuart Coupe.  Apologies for the quality. Click on images to enlarge.

3 thoughts on “Rockbrat Remembers: When Escape & John The Beast came to Sydney

  1. Escape (and Mortal Sin) were my favourite bands of the time. I saw Escape a number of times but two “concerts” I remember best. One was at the Paddington Town Hall in Sydney and I got covered in the fake blood that exploded from the Beer can that John always pressed against his forehead. Another time myself and five friends were the only ones in the audience for their gig at the Leumeah Inn, South Sydney (I think it was on a Sunday !!) . Bloody fantastic and they would have been disappointed about the turn out no doubt but they gave it all they had and the singer came off stage and was head-banging with us – the smoke coming out of the handlebars of John’s guitar was outrageous for the time. Great memories !!

  2. It’s almost mythology with Escapr. I would love to hear any demos or rehearsal tapes. Surely they must exist.

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