Christie fled Zambia after the
riots, they made the most of it by playing to packed houses
in South Africa. Here are excerpts from a program of one
of the concerts.
"FOLLOWING a riot in Zambia when heavy
rain forced them to cancel an open air concert, Christie
and Edison Lighthouse fled to Rhodesia for their safety
and during the past two weeks have rocked audiences from
Salisbury to Bulawayo.
Fans in Rhodesia had never seen anything
like these two driving, exciting groups, and fans throughout
Rhodesia will be talking about the tour for many months
Now at only five days notice, the British
pop package has descended on South Africa, their first ever
whistle stop tour of this country prior to their return
to England next week.
Their latest single
Iron Horse has just entered the charts in England,
is also in the charts in Germany, Belgium and Spain, and
is being rushed released here on the CBS label to coincide
with their unscheduled visit.
The group also have a couple of other
singles in various charts around the world: Everything's
Gonna Be Alright is number 2 this week in Brazil
following success in Germany, Sweden, Singapore, etc. Man
of Many Faces has been a substantial hit in many
countries throughout the world, and this week, while in
Rhodesia, Christie's latest album For
All Mankind is number 7 in Salisbury, while the group
heard that they are number 1 in Poland with a track off
their first album, titled I've Got
a Feeling. Their first album was in the charts in
America for 23 weeks and world sales of that album alone
are currently estimated at close to a million.
Thank you to all of you who have come
along to the show. Without you it would not have been worthwhile."