Glasgow Rockers announce date at Troon WinterStrom Rock Weekend
WinterStorm have unveiled one of the biggest of their surprises for the 2017 event with the announcement that those legendary Glasgow rockers Heavy Pettin’ will be getting together to play a set on Friday the 24th of November. WinterStorm has its roots almost equally planted in The Apollo and The Pavilion in Ayr in the early eighties and that can be seen in the Classic Rock line up that fills the Ayrshire Rock weekender.
So, it is with some swish of a long mane of hair that they have announced the first gig together in over 25 years for those Glasgow rockers Heavy Pettin’.
Heavy Pettin’ will perform a guest spot at the fledging weekend rock event in Troon on the west coast of Scotland and feature most of the original line up and a performance of their well remembers anthems on a Scottish stage for the first time since the mid eighties.
The Heavy Pettin’ Story With a name pulled from UFO’s Heavy Petting album (minus the “g”) the youthful band played Glasgow’s rock scene to death in the early eighties introducing the audiences to their trademark glam rock riffs and hooks. A record deal followed with Polydor and in ’83 Lettin’ Loose hit the record shops which featured In and Out of Love. That summer they appeared at the Reading Festival on the same bill as Sabbath, Marillion, Magnum and Mama’s Boys. The Reading Festival theme is threaded through this year’s WinterStorm with Praying Mantis, Tygers of Pan Tang, Bernie Torme, Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody all having appeared there. After touring with Kiss , Ozzy Osbourne , Motley Crue , Ratt, Saxon and opening for Whitesnake, the Heavy Pettin’, second album, Rock Ain’t Dead followed In 1985.
Punky Mendoza, one of the band’s lead guitarists, was quoted years later, “Gordon, Gary, Hamie, and Brian were very much influenced by Def Leppard. I could take them or leave them. At the time we were making Rock Aint Dead I was listening to The Tubes. I think I gave Pettin a different sound with my influences and I always tried to compliment Gordon’s guitar style.” Whatever the influences the album the album probably deserved more than it got. In listening to it now there is a really strong AOR album in there and the WinterStorm crowd can expect a few numbers from it for sure.
It was an all too short roller coaster journey for Heavy Pettin’ that ended in a split shortly after their appearance in the sing off for Eurovision in 1987 with the song “Romeo” - the British public didn’t put them through and who says they wouldn’t have trounced Jonny Logan!
The band went their own ways and it is now only thirty years on that they will be getting back for their guest appearance at WinterStorm in Troon.
If you spent your weekends at the Burns Howff or Shadows you cannot miss this weekend. Heavy Pettin’ live on stage once more at WinterStorm in Troon. It has to be done!