Ross ready to return to the stage

Civic Theatre technician and former lead singer of Southland band Vision Jeff Ross will be inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

JEFF Ross, the former lead singer of Southland band Vision, says it’s “quite an honour” to make it into the Southland Musicians Club’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ross will be inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 concert to be held at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on October 7.

Ross started his musical career in the 80s, but it was mainly helping out as a technician at Vision gigs.

His brother, Tony Ross, was the band’s lead vocalist from 1974 to 1989, but when he moved to Queenstown in 1989, Jeff took over the role of lead singer and carried on until Vision disbanded in 2011, he said.

“I was doing sound and lighting, I had a go [at singing] and that was it. We were a cover band playing rock ‘n’ roll along with some other stuff. We played mostly weddings, private functions and corporate gigs. We played twice a week – all the gigs sort of moulded into one.”

One memorable gig was when Vision, along with several other bands, played to an audience of about 4000 people at the Backwaters music festival at Tuatapere in 1990, he said.

“We also did a bit with Suzanne Prentice in the early 90s, we backed her quite a lot.”

Now it is Ross who will have the support of a backing band, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show.

“We’ve only had one rehearsal, but I’m really pleased with the way it went. It should be a great line-up,” he footwearSneakers