JETS STILL FLYING
MELBOURNE guitar slinger Jimi Hocking’s introduction to The Screaming Jets was hot… literally.
Hocking drove north from Melbourne to Sydney to audition for the band in 1993, having listened to its songs in the car.
At that point, on the back of hits such as Better and Helping Hand, the Jets were one of the biggest acts in the country.
When he arrived at the studio on a “stinking hot, 40C day”, he, singer Dave Gleeson and the rest of the band ripped through three tracks in quick time.
“After that Dave just stopped and said to me ‘That’s enough, I trust you’,” he said.
It is that trust and respect that underpins Hocking’s relationship with Gleeson, one of Australia’s most charismatic front men.
The road is where they will spend much of the next two months, as the Jets embark on a nationwide tour with the Baby Animals that will see them perform in Fremantle and Perth.
Hocking said the bands were contemporaries during their commercial peaks in the 1990s and he could not wait to be reunited.
“I find it highly amusing, and kind of delightful, that we’re 25 years down the track and here we are about to do a tour together,” he said.
The Screaming Jets in 2017.