Ticket Profile

Nick Bollinger
9 May 2014

Psychedelic blues-rock reached its global peak in the late 60s and early 70s, defined by virtuosic bands like Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. New Zealand had its psychedelic rockers too, and none more accomplished or acclaimed than Ticket.

But the four members of Ticket did not start out as psych-rockers. Paul Woolright grew up in the state housing suburb of Mt. Roskill, Auckland. As a boy he took piano lessons, but was more interested in plucking tunes on a neighbour’s acoustic guitar. By 1965 Beatlemania had struck, he had finished school and been kicked out of home for refusing to cut his hair.

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Ticket - Gypsy Eyes Pt1 on GTK
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Country High
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The second album, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, was recorded in Australia for manager Robert Raymond's Downunder label and released late in 1972
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Ticket outside the Auckland Museum, 1972: Paul Woolright, Eddie Hansen, Trevor Tombleson and Ricky Ball
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Trevor Tombleson at Aubrey's Nightclub, Christchurch, 1970
Photo credit: Photo by Kevin Hill
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Ticket outside the Auckland Museum, 1972: Paul Woolright, Eddie Hansen, Trevor Tombleson and Ricky Ball
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Ticket - Bad Things In This World Make The Nice Things Nicer
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Eddie Hansen and Trevor Tombleson at the Powerstation, Auckland, November 2011
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Eddie Hansen, Trevor Tombleson, Ricky Ball, Paul Woolright
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Paul Woolright at Aubrey's, Christchurch 1970
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Ticket in 1972
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Eddie Hansen at Aubrey's, Christchurch 1970
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Eddie Hansen at Aubrey's, Christchurch 1970
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Ricky Ball and Eddie Hansen
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Ticket - People Going Nowhere on GTK (1972)
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The original Ticket at Auckland's Powerstation, November 2011
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Ticket - Gypsy Eyes Pt2 on GTK
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Eddie Hansen, Christchurch Town Hall, 1975
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Paul Woolright and Trevor Tombleson
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Billy Williams with Ticket at Christchurch Town Hall, June 1975
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Trevor Tombleson at Christchurch Town Hall, 1975
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Ricky Ball at Aubrey's 1970
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In the Auckland Domain, 1972 - Trevor Tombleson, Ricky Ball, Paul Woolright in the back, Eddie Hansen kneeling
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Paul Woolright, Trevor Tombleson, Ricky Ball and Eddie Hansen, 1972
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Ticket received early designs from Holden including a stack of amplifiers and speaker boxes providing 400 watts for Eddie Hansen and another 400 for Paul Woolright. The orange-covered stack for Ticket quickly proved popular but also impractical as the burnt orange turned black from daily use.
Photo credit: Gordon Spittle Collection
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Ticket's debut album Awake, recorded for Ode Records and released in 1972. The album would also become the first New Zealand record released on the famed US Atlantic label.
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Eddie Hansen with Ticket at Christchurch Town Hall in 1975
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Trivia:

Ticket reformed in November 2011 for gigs at Auckland's Powerstation with Hello Sailor and Dragon

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Members:

Paul Woolright - bass

Eddie Hansen - guitar

Ricky Ball - drums

Trevor Tombleson - vocals, percussion

Glen Absolum - drums

Billy Williams - bass

Steve Gunn - vocals

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Labels:

Ode


Downunder Records


Aztec Music


Atlantic