STYLISH, knockabout Melbourne rock identity Laurie ‘Loz’ Richards, 59, has died in his Port Melbourne home.
Late last year, while trying to climb in a window after locking himself out, Richards, in his own words, ‘’did a Molly’’ – he had a bad fall. He broke his back and never fully recovered.
Richards was known for his risk-taking foresight in booking the post-blues ‘’new music’’ into Melbourne venues he created and managed from the mid-1970s through the early ‘80s. He opened the small but licensed-to-rage Tiger Room (later Tiger Lounge) in ‘76, in Richmond footy club captain Francis Bourke’s Royal Oak Hotel in Bridge Road.
Here and in his other venues he gave breakthrough gigs to ‘’Carlton’’ acts like early Paul Kelly bands High Rise Bombers and the Dots, and Stephen Cummings’ Pelaco Brothers (which Richards managed) and Sports. The effervescent Richards would be in his kitchen whipping up sandwiches for the likes of Blondie’s Debbie Harry, on the dance floor giving the thumbs up to AC/DC jumping onstage, or at the bar, grinning at the mates who got in free as he shouted them drinks.
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