Big Dave

BigDBig Dave ….Dick Smith Band …Roadie..
Everybody loves Big Dave…..certain sections of his fan base used to call him ” Big Davey ” ……and he was almost a cult figure…I’m not saying that glibly…he really was…..not the worlds greatest sound engineer or the worlds most enthusiastic equipment carrier but give him some pot and boy could he smoke ….on DSB travels we would obviously meet some pretty seasoned smokers who would occasionally try and ” out smoke Big Dave ” …it was funny hearing their ” catch you laters ” as they stumbled incoherent to God know where and see Dave rolling another …understandably he wouldn’t speak sometimes for quite a while but would still find life in general hugely amusing….
I would sometimes get myself into self inflicted scrapes by being a bit too much and it would often be Big Dave who would defuse the situation with a gentle smile and a pat on the head of the would be protagonist…BD was after all 6′ 7″ tall and when riled looked even taller ….he wouldn’t take shit off anybody especially me and I have been scolded by him in a ” fucking grow up can’t you ” way a few times….
Obviously I’m not sure about this but I think if you asked members of DSB for an image that summed up Big Dave’s time with the band it would be this…
Pete Madden and Big Dave sitting upstairs in Petes front room at 198 Seaview rd….it would be say 10 am in the morning and the first of many callers might have been and gone….Pete would have made cups of tea for him and Dave and maybe a couple of pieces of toast and then as he did most days would have passed Dave a big lump of high quality hash..Pete may then have talked about jobs and stuff he had to do for that day and Big Dave would have sniggered …and probably said ” sound Pete…sound ” and then probably sniggered again….Big Dave was and still is a big part of DSB family …Dave ..we salute you…