I know it's a bit wierd replying to my own post but I have had a good listen to this concert and I am so impressed. I have never heard Roxy rock so well.
I read that AM did not like the Viva album saying that it was "overworked" and "didn't sound like Roxy". The original plan was for Viva to be a warts and all double album and I guess this Newcastle performance if more or less what they had in mind.
Always good to hear a live version of Beauty Queen & Three and Nine! ;D
Prairie Rose Beauty Queen Mother Of Pearl Out Of The Blue A Song For Europe Three And Nine If It Takes All Night In Every Dreamhome A Heartache If There Is Something All I Want Is You The Bogus Man Street Life Virginia Plain Editions Of You Re-make/Re-model Do The Strand
What can I say - a brilliant depiction of Roxy at their live best - interesting to note they were planning the live album in 1974 and its a real shame they didn't go down the route of a double live from this tour.
I thought Graham Simpson was on the first album as the official bassist, following his departure however, it became more of a guest role with the amazing John Porter (my fave), and John Gustafson following.
I'm sure Rik Kenton, Sal Maida, and John Wetton etc filled the live duties.