We know we said ‘last time’ but what we meant was….
Lock up your mothers, John Farnham is packing up his blonde mullet and embarking on another Australian tour in November. The tour will coincide with the 25th anniversary of his legendary album Whispering Jack, the highest selling Australian album at the time.
Farnham seems to have a problem with the term retirement, this being the second time he has toured since his farewell 2002 tour aptly titled ‘The Last Time.’ Since his ‘final’ tour in 2002 he resurrected his live performances in 2009 for another ‘final’ tour and now will be hitting the stages around Australia again. Will this third attempt be the actual final time he performs? Probably not but who can resist a sing-a-long of ‘You’re the Voice’?
Powderfinger regroup, but only to tell all
John Farnham might not know the meaning of retirement but Brisbane rockers Powderfinger have moved on all except for the book. The boys, who last year called it quits on a 20 year career with a national and UK farewell tour have been collaborating with music journalist Dino Scatena to have their story told.
Scatena has said the book will be a no holds barred exploration of their time together. While the band is not known for being the bad boys of Aussie rock, we’re hoping the tome will give some insight to one of the most successful Aussie bands ever to grace our airwaves.
Hi-5 kicked out of a pub
You are reading correctly, the all singing, all dancing children’s entertainers were recently asked to leave a pub in rural Queensland. No obscenities or bar fights here, disappointingly a couple of the boys weren’t in collared shirts, a part of the pub’s dress code.
Manager of the pub in small town Emerald, Paul Crawford, was unrepentant in his strict attitude saying: “Rules are rules. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you aren’t in proper attire, expect to be asked to leave”. We were more surprised to hear a pub in outback Queensland had a dress code stretching beyond a Bonds singlet and a pair of thongs.
Australian bands making their mark: NME Best bands of the year so far
NME is one of those useful bibles people turn to for tips on all things music. Just like Music from the Motherland, we’re sure you’re thinking… The crew at NME have churned out their mid-year ‘Top 50 bands of the year so far’ with two Australian bands making the list.
Eighteen months ago two Aussie lads were sitting around the Gold Coast with time on their hands so they decided to form the band Bleeding Knees Club. Fast forward and they’ve opened for the Black Lips in the UK and currently residing in New York playing their own headline gigs. Not bad considering they haven’t even released an album yet.
Joining them is another duo hailing from Queensland, DZ Deathrays. We caught these guys at the recent Aussie BBQ in London and they were weird and a tad bit scary. But their sound and live shows are catching serious attention and also have them as this week’s NME radar band. Worth another listen and good to see Australia making the list and keeping up the new music.