Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

MEN­TAL as Any­thing singer ‘Greedy’ Smith earned his nick­name by down­ing 16 pieces of KFC dur­ing one of the band’s early gigs.

But as he ages, all Smith is Greedy for is more gigs.

At 61, Smith is a road war­rior – and that’s the way he and the rest of The Men­tals like it.

“We ex­pect to be play­ing – I get a bit touchy if I haven’t been play­ing for a while,” Smith said.

“Each week­end I usu­ally get the train to the air­port in Syd­ney and get on a plane to go some­where and play.

“The long­est break I’ve had from tour­ing, since the 1970s, is about six weeks when I fell off a horse.”

That hunger for live mu­sic makes the month-long APIA Good Times Tour ideal for Greedy and Men­tal as Any­thing.

Kick­ing off in May, the lineup is a who’s who of clas­sic Australian acts, with Colin Hay, Joe Camil­leri and Deb­o­rah Conway all on the bill.

Greedy has played with each be­fore and can’t wait to hit the road with them again.

“The APIA tour will be dif­fer­ent be­cause it’s re­ally quite in­ten­sive,” he said.

“For us it’s re­ally more of the same, but in il­lus­tri­ous com­pany this time.”

Men­tal as Any­thing was formed in the mid-’70s by art school friends Smith, Martin Plaza, Reg Mom­bassa, Peter O’Do­herty and Wayne DeLisle.

Dur­ing the mid-to-late ’80s they were one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest bands, with hits like Live it Up and Too Many Times.

Smith de­scribed the band’s peak as a blur and the mem­bers’ am­bi­tions as hum­ble .

“You haven’t got much money so you put a band to­gether to play for free drinks,” he said. Greig John­ston

The line-up for the APIA Good Times tour, in­clud­ing (rear left) Greedy Smith.

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