"Imagine if the Dirty Dozen or The Wild bunch ever traded in their artillery for guitars and you'll have some idea of the rock dream we're being hauled into. Swaggering untamed rock'n'roll desperadoes with hearts of gold, brawling barbarians putting the frighteners on rock's Arty pretenders but never hurting nobody who don't deserve it."Theirs was indeed a baptism by fire. Assaulting the battered stage of Sydney's celebrated Bondi Lifesaver on December 31st 1976, ROSE TATTOO made their debut. New Years Eve. By the time they'd crashed back-stage, they'd been hailed as the true contenders for the hard rock crown.Enough of the pretenders. It was time for a rock 'n' roll band with all the swing of a fence paling in a street fight to conquer the boards. And from that first hot 'n' sweaty summers night, this menacing outfit, this band of rock 'n' roll outlaws, this feared and revered specter of the ROSE TATTOO was in control. It had to happen, of course, when some of the heaviest elements Oz rock has ever celebrated banded together.
Garry Bushell - Sounds (UK)