VETERAN Scottish rock band Nazareth return to Inverness venue The Ironworks in April, giving the city a first chance to hear the group’s new frontman.
Nazareth was formed in December 1968 in Dunfermline by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bassist Pete Agnew and drummer Darrell Sweet, taking their name from the first line of The Band’s classic song The Weight.
A year after moving to London in 1970, they released their self-titled debut album.
Third album Razamanaz spawned two UK Top Ten hits, Broken Down Angel and Bad Bad Boy in 1973 and was followed the same year by Loud ‘N’ Proud, which contained another hit single with a hard-rocking cover of Joni Mitchell’s song This Flight Tonight.
Two years later, a cover of The Everly Brothers ballad Love Hurts gave the band their only U.S. Top Ten hit.
Various Nazareth lineups continued to make studio albums and tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, although their popularity had declined such that some albums no longer received neither a UK nor a USA release. However, they remained popular in Europe, particularly Germany, where Dream On became a hit single.
The band also moved onto a second generation following the death of original drummer Darrell Sweet on tour in 1999, with bassist Pete Agnew’s son taking over the drumkit.
Then, five years after celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary, Dan McCafferty announced he was retiring for health reasons, with his vocals on last year’s album Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone likely to be his last appearance with the band.
However, following intensive auditions, the remaining members have found a replacement in 41-year old Linton Osborn from Rosyth, who takes over duties from his fellow Fifer with McCafferty’s blessing.
He makes his Inverness debut with the band on Thursday 10th April.
Tickets available from the Ironworks box office, www.ironworksvenue.com or by telephoning 0871 7894173 from 10 on Wednesday 19th March.