Vision To Mark Half Century

Legendary Southland band Vision will celebrate 50 years with a special one-off reunion concert in Invercargill on Easter Sunday, 21 April.

All five original members – Bob Daley, John Kennedy, Dave Kennedy, Warren “Bricky” McLew and Dave Gillies – will be there, although founding guitarist Bob Daley no longer plays. He retired from the band in 2010.

Since July 1969, 35 musicians passed through the band’s ranks. Only two of them, Neville Scott and Neil Burns, have passed away. Reunion organisers expect close to 30 former band members will be there for the reunion show, at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club.

The band officially wound up in November 2011, playing at a wedding for the nephew of longtime Vision keyboardist Pat Houlihan.

Tickets: $50 plus booking fees:

Trevor Daley sat behind the drums for Vision for 30 of the band’s 42 active years, from 1981 until 2011.

“It’s quite funny,’’ he says. “Pat was at my first gig with Vision, and my last one.”

The band has previously held shows to mark its 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th anniversaries, all held on Easter Sunday, but the organisers are adamant that the 50th will be the last.

Several different lineups of the band will play a set each at the concert, including Vision’s famous brass lineup of 1976 to 1980.

“It’s a bit of a brotherhood among all the guys who’ve played in the Vision,’’ Trevor Daley says.

A limited number of tickets are also available at Little Fire Musicworks in Dee Street, Invercargill.

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