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.
Well Melbourne was terrific. What a great bunch of people we had at The Caravan Club and what a hot band up on stage. So many people have commented how much they enjoyed seeing @Greg Macainsh powering into those bass riffs. Thank you all for a really enjoyable gig, which was kicked off in fine style by @Paul Madigan another of Australia’s under-exposed almost unknown purveyors of fine songwriting and poetic power. Thursday night marks the last stand in the current campaign: The Django Bar in Marrickville. Something different again, Bill Beare and Tony Durant’s guitars joining my keyboards and Lloyd Gyi helping out with some snare beat. Beside some arcane Warner tunes and some classics played in this pared-back fashion, there’ll be poems and readings from my plays, novels, and stories. We know it’s Thursday so this will be an early start: 8 pm – but two full sets and then bon voyage in plenty of time for a solid sleep.
As Tony, Greg, Martin,Lloyd and myself gear up for a Melbourne weekend with a little high-end rehearsal (Old Stock Rd is not easy thirty years on, believe me) this is a reminder for any NSW suburban soldiers to catch my Thursday gig at the Django bar in Marrickville. Tix are $25 if you pre-book via Camelot Lounge website. I didn’t play Sydney last year and this may be my only show this year. It will be an intimate affair with acoustic style versions of the songs plus some of my epic poems like Australia 2, some readings from my books and humour. Lloyd Gyi is going to sit in with his snare to give Bill Beare, Tony Durant and me something to strum to. We’ll start close to 8 and do to two full sets. There are plenty of great places nearby to grab a cheap eat. Please come and say hi if you find yourself there.
Tonight marks the last of my shows of THE KING AND ME which has proved to be an outstanding success with the public – every ticket for every performance sold, a testament to the loyalty of Suburban Soldiers and true friends who have formed the base of the audience. It is also a reflection of the abilities of my co-Kingers: Emily McLean for terrific direction, Caitlin Beresford-Ord my co-star who has knocked out all with her voice and acting, and Sam Musca, a brilliant guitarist. Martin Cilia rejoins us tonight on another guitar for the final act. It has been a long stint in Perth this time with the Suburbs show, a book launch, a pre-book launch and rehearsals and shows for the King and Me. Next stop is Melbourne FOR SUNDAY MARCH 8 AT THE CARAVAN CLUB. The full Suburbs band will power away from late arvo with the support of PAUL MADIGAN. This promises to be the most politically incorrect evening for years so if you are a free-thinking, hard laughing Aussie this is the night for you.
Not sure if and when I will get back to Melbourne so please join us to release your inner convict.
A quick interlude from my constant rehearsals to thank all of you who are supporting me and THE KIND AND ME crew (Caitlin, Sam, Emily and Martin) by purchasing tickets. Thursday and Friday nights have already sold out so if you are thinking about attending don’t delay. I would love to see my friends and fans up close and personal. By the way, the opening night is this Tuesday, not Thursday as it says in the Fringe printed program so you may still be able to score a ticket for the first two nights featuring Martin Cilia joining Sam Musca on guitar. It’s a hell of a lot of work being an actor and I still have not forgiven Shane McNamara for being unavailable.
Last Friday I was fortunate to do the launch of James Anfuso’s mammoth and wonderful book Rockin’ Australia. The book features photos and stories of some of James’ 10,000 poster collection of Oz Rock. If you are in Perth drop in to Gallery 360 at 309 Hay St Subiaco to see a sample of the amazing posters.
Melbourne soldiers please help us out by attending the gig March 8 at Caravan Club in the late arvo. Peter Foley is a staunch supporter of my music but we need a reasonable crowd to keep playing Melbourne. And those of you in Sydney, come down to the Django Bar on Thursday march 12 for what is going to be a varied and interesting gig.
48 hours to go! And then The King takes the stage.