Nazareth frontman Dan McCafferty's razamanazing days are done
If you were a teenaged guitar-rock freak growing up in Chilliwack in the '70s, you liked Nazareth.
You surely purchased either vinyl or 8-track versions of both the band's albums that came out in the Year of Our Rockin' Lord, 1973, Razamanaz (in May) and Loud 'n' Proud (in November).
And you no doubt thought they had dipped in quality with 1974's Rampant before returning to form somewhat with 1975's Hair of the Dog.
Maybe you stopped buying their albums around that time, although you thought the regionally inspired "Vancouver Shakedown" on 1976's Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll was pretty cool.
Like a lot of bands from the seventies, Nazareth were hardened road warriors. They toured incessantly from their home base in Scotland. I remember coming in from the 'Wack to see them headline the PNE Forum back around '74 or so, with prog-rockers Strawbs opening up.
In the '80s and '90s their arena status wore off and they were booked at smaller venues like the Commodore. More recently they were regulars on the casino circuit, playing in the 'burbs at places like Coquitlam's Red Robinson Show Theatre.
But no more. If you haven't seen them do that gravelly voiced rendition of "Razamanaz" yet, you're outta luck.
According to a story posted on the Classic Rock website today, founding vocalist Dan McCafferty has called it quits due to health issues, which culminated in him collapsing on stage in Switzerland on the weekend. And last month he collapsed during a gig in Cranbrook.
Unlike some people we could mention, he knows when to pack it in.
So, in honour of the 66-year-old McCafferty having hung in there this long, here's five of my fave Nazareth tunes.
Play 'em loud and proud for me, will ya?