Cocker rocks Festival Hall as deportation looms


Joe Cocker, walks with friend, Eileen Webster, to the aircraft in Melbourne, 21 October 1972.

Joe Cocker, walks with pal, Eileen Webster, to the plane in Melbourne, 21 October 1972.Credit score:Workers

Cocker and 5 different members of the group have been every fined $300 for possession of Indian hemp.

One other member was fined $600 for possession of heroin and possession of devices for administering the drug.


The Minister for Immigration (Dr Forbes) yesterday signed deportation papers giving the seven 48 hours to depart Australia.

At the very least 40,000 pop followers have already paid for tickets to Cocker’s remaining six live shows.

If the seven failed to depart the nation on time they’d be arrested and deported as quickly as practicable.

Dr Forbes mentioned: “I’ve accomplished this as a result of this Authorities takes a really severe view of such offences — particularly when dedicated by people who find themselves ready to have profound affect on many younger Australians.”

A spokesman for the Harry M. Miller organisation mentioned none of Cocker’s live shows had been cancelled.

The spokesman thought cash can be refunded if any of the live shows didn’t go on as deliberate.


First revealed in The Age on October 23, 1972

Baffling chain of occasions, says Cocker

English pop star Joe Cocker flew out of Melbourne on Saturday, ending his sensation-filled tour on a relatively quiet be aware.

At Tullamarine Airport, Cocker was first reluctant to speak, however warmed sufficient to say he was indignant concerning the penalties of the drug convictions and bewildered by the authorities’ dealing with of the tour.

“It was only one bewildering chain of occasions,” he mentioned.

Questioned concerning the drug raid, he replied: “Effectively, I assume we will need to have been squealed on. However, actually, every thing was high-quality in Adelaide.

“We paid our high-quality and anticipated that to be the top of it. However from then on it was only one unusual sequence of occasions.”

Cocker mentioned he may drop the enchantment in opposition to the drug prices. “We thought we have been interesting in opposition to the deportation however apparently that may’t be accomplished,” he mentioned.

“We don’t need to come again only for the enchantment.”


Pressed for a particular response to the occasions of the tour, Cocker mentioned he was indignant as a result of the drug offences would bar him from getting into the USA.


“We don’t know what the scenario is at current, however we to be allowed in for a couple of weeks simply to do some recording.”

Requested for his model of his opening live performance in Melbourne, Cocker mentioned he was indignant and upset on the time following the incident in Adelaide.

“I don’t do it each time… it was a few bottles of your cream sherry,” he mentioned.

In response to a query, Cocker mentioned he felt he had some duty to the youngsters in his viewers.

Cocker warded off a couple of extra questions after which, holding his pal Eileen Webster by the hand and clutching a toy platypus, he walked together with his entourage to the embarkation space.

Younger women ran to kiss their idol, not-so-young followers shouted their help and a person in his twenties managed to have an album autographed.

It was throughout in about half an hour and one of the crucial sensational pop excursions of Australia had ended.

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