Ray Anthony: 1977 photo from Straits Times.
An article by Mr Michael Bangar (rhythm guitarist: Silver Strings):
Good Day, Bro' Andy!
I just want to pay a little homage to the two bands that entertained all of us yesterday, 17th December 2017 at Hood Bar and Cafe @ Bugis from 2 to 5.30 pm.
The band included, Fried Ice's Jimi Hendrix Experience Tribute, fronted by Singapore's Jimi Hendrix - the amazing RAY ANTHONY and our very own Pink Floyd Tribute Band called, Welcome To The Machine (with Kiang of The Straydogs fame) on bass guitar and vocals, plus five other members.
Hood Bar and Cafe @ Bugis today
After a short sound check, Fried Ice kicked off their first set with Ray, the main man on guitar and lead vocals, Gerry Bheme on drums (two of them from the original line-up), Felly Chitran the band's current bassist and a lovely lady on keyboards named Elizabeth.
They did excellent versions of songs like Stone Free, Fire, Red House among others and ended the set with Johnny B. Goode - a replay of Jimi's rock version of the Chuch Berry classic.
Gerry Bheme, Kiang and Jimmy Appudurai-Chua
Mr Anthony and his prowess on his left-handed Fender Stratocaster and great vocals mesmerised us. He and the band took the crowd of most seniors, back in time to the late 60's and early 70's. He still has his lightning speed on the guitar.
Then Welcome To The Machine took to the stage with an opening song of which title was the band's name. Beside Kiang on bass, the line-up included a Caucasian drummer, a lead vocalist, two guitarists and a young gentleman on the keyboard. All helped out on vocals too. And great players they all were.
Ray Anthony 2017 Singapore: Picture by Michael Bangar from an earlier show.
Among other Pink Floyd numbers, the band did superb versions of Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here and Another Brick In The Wall. They too excelled on their individual instruments.
Then Fried Ice came on for their second set and gave the audience, Hendrix's rock standards like Crosstown Traffic, Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower and other songs from Hendrix' catalogue.
The crowd shouted for it so they went into Gary Moore's, I Still Got The Blues For You. And the audience sang along...
Rhythm guitarist and Blog Writer Michael Bangar with good friend Ray Anthony.
Images from The Straits Times Lifestyle, Michael Bangar Collection and Google.
The publicity poster for 17th December, 2017 performance at Hood Bar.