The OL SKOOL Resurrection Blues and Gospel Tour.
The parking lot is loaded with Harley’s and a few Triumph motorcycles on a warm late summer’s evening. Members of God’s Squad motorcycle club have travelled from chapters across the Eastern States to support the old blues preacher Dr John Smith and a rare event of Chicago rock/blues and Australian folk/gospel music. The concert features the original hard core rebel for Christ, the very humble yet great Glenn Kaiser and his band from the 70’s. And yes… a scruffy ol truck driving, spray painter missionary kid who always needs a haircut and a shave. Me.
Ironically… Respectable, conservative well dressed people quietly stroll in from everywhere. 40 years ago they were the wild hippy generation and the Resurrection Band was one of the loudest heavy rock Christian bands in the world, preaching a radical gospel message that was born from the book of Acts. Those were the post Vietnam War days and and the only accepted music in church came from the piano and organ. Rock music was of the devil. But to a disillusioned generation of young people in America, Europe and Australia this JESUS they encountered on their search out of the drugs, sex and rebellion era was worth singing loudly about!! The JESUS revolution was a revival like the world had never seen. This new found faith in God and zealous return to a desperate need for truth was the birth of a whole new movement of the Christian Church. But where did it go?