Hi all – Dave’s WA Demolition is almost here (Sat Hotel Charles) so for those planning to come here’s some basic info: Kick-Off 8.30 pm approx. with line-up of Phil Bailey, Lloyd Gyi, Tony Durant and myself – songs will include some rare gems like Spooks in the Dark. Next line-up will feature early-Suburbs songs like Bicton Breezes. Haydn aka Scapa Flow is promising the sleeveless red shirt and John Dennison will join too. Then comes a bracket of Pus songs with Dick Haynes doing his brilliant best, culminating in an almighty Throbbing Knob. Finally we call up Howie Johnstone and power through some of those hard rocking classics like Yella in Me, Kangaroo Hop and Joey Black. A very special Mugs Game will finish. Tickets are via Ticket Master or the Charles Hotel.
For those attending the book launch at 11 am Orient Hotel, see you there – we will do a couple of acoustic style numbers and I’ll read a little bit from Before It Breaks.
While I will attend the Derby on Monday and likely perform a song post-match with the Dice Men it is only one song. Until then ….
We’re only 9 days away from the big gig at The Charles now and the band is sounding great in the rehearsal room – John Dennison’s sound was always integral to the Suburbs and it’s fabulous to have him back. If you are iffy about going to this gig – don’t be, DON’T miss it – skip some later gig of mine or better still forego the next U2 tour – this is rock history and we may never be able to assemble such a clan again. Believe me you do not want to miss Dick Haynes doing Pus, Howie pounding out Yella in Me and Tony and Haydn hitting Bicton Breezes.
Every year I look at the East Fremantle players in the AFL and construct a team based on them. I wish this made me feel better that East, the greatest club in true football history, have not won a WAFL flag since 98. It doesn’t, but at least it reiterates our strength and undercuts those who claim WAFL flags by aligning themselves with Dockers and Eagles, or by salary cap cheating.
East Fremantle 2015 AFL TEAM
B Sheppard McPharlin Hooker
HB Johannisen Taylor Ibbotson
C Yeo DSwallow PCripps
HF JCripps Kennedy Fasolo
F Ryder Clark Palmer
R Sandilands ASwallow Masten
I Paparone Griffin Lucas Duffy
The team boasts a magnificent backline and a powerful and diverse forward line. The midfield, the powerhouse of the team over the last decade is a bit thinner but there’s a lot of promise for years to come. When one considers the players who East have contributed to the AFL since the usurping of the natural order – Kerr, Cousins, Woewodin, Cassissi, McManus, Carr, Mainwairing, Chick, Brennan et al, there can be little doubt that without national intrusion, the Blue and Whites premiership flags would stretch the length of Moss St.
SAT MAY 30 is going to be a very busy day for me . Not only do I have the massive Suburbs WA DAY DEMOLITION that night at the Charles Hotel but at 11 AM I’ll be launching my new crime novel BEFORE IT BREAKS (FREMANTLE PRESS) at Freo’s Orient Hotel. The very urbane GEOFF HUTCHISON from the ABC 720 Morning Program will launch the book which will be available in physical copy and e-book. If you are in Freo please pop in. A few of the guys from the band have generously put up their hands to do a couple of tunes with me to enliven proceedings, so if you have that twenty-fifth wedding anniversary preventing you from attending the big gig at the Charles you can get a glimpse of what you’ll be missing. New Edition Bookshop will be selling the book. I’m happy to sign any albums or books you already have. See you there or at the Charles!
Believe me when I say I am excited to be getting ready for this very special Perth gig. Last night Tony Durant, John Dennison and I got together to lay the foundations for the “early suburbs” set. John is a brilliant keyboard player and it brought a chill up the spine hearing him working over the keys on Eve of Destruction, African Summer, Nothing to Lose, 1930s Depression and so on. It must be close on thirty-five years since I’ve played Bicton Breezes but there was John cranking out the horn sounds on his synth. The Suburbs always had a rich layer of keyboard work and it will be fantastic to have that texture back. John isn’t the only early Suburb returning. Haydn Pickersgill, original Suburbs bass player who was invaluable in the arrangements of the early Suburbs and integral to our success is also back, so too Howie Johnstone who drummed on the first four of my albums. The night will feature a vast haul of songs from the earliest days of Pus, through to the Haydn-era Suburbs of Shopper Rock days with the amazing Lloyd Gyi on drums, moving on through the Mugs Game, Free Kicks era with Howie and then on to the latter albums with Phil Bailey and Lloyd back. I can’t wait to share a stage with the great Dick Haynes of Loaded Dice one of my Perth idols. Dick is going to be part of the Pus bracket along with Tony Durant. We’ll have the Fugs’ Slum Goddess, and the Bonzo’s Tent in the rep along with Sweet Jane, Throbbing Knob, Hot Crotch etc. I don’t think tickets are on sale yet but please mark it down in the diary for the Saturday of the long weekend: The Dockers v Crows game will be over before we hit the stage so no clash! Tickets I’m pretty sure will as usual be available from Ticket Master and The Hotel Charles. charleshotel.com.au
If you love rock, don’t miss this show it may well be the last chance we ever get to assemble this many of the guys in the one place. Stay tuned for updates on my FB page, website and twitter @suburbanwarner.