Tex’s punk promise
ROCK legend Tex Perkins will honour a fallen comrade’s dying wishes by starting a punk rock band.
Perkins said his Beasts Of Bourbon bandmate Brian Henry Hooper, who lost a cancer battle last week, wanted to team up for a new music idea.
“Before he died, his wife texted me saying Brian wants to start a punk rock band with you. You don’t deny a man’s dying wishes. So I penned the lyrics,” Perkins said.
Perkins, who still fronts popular band The Cruel Sea, said he will do the punk project with fellow rocker Kim Salmon.
“I can’t say too much about the punk project but it’s the closest we’ll get to (honouring Brian) I guess,” he said. “It may have seemed like a crazy idea when Brian suggested it when he was so close to the end, but I can assure you we had many more wild notions backstage.”
Only days before his passing, Hooper left his hospital bed to perform once more with the Beasts Of Bourbon at the fundraising event, I Get Up.
“Brian physically willed himself to get up for the gig and it really took it out of him. I’ve never seen a tougher, more determined man than Brian,” Perkins said.
“By the second song, it was all locked in, I felt it, I heard that familiar there it is!
“That was quickly followed by the realisation that’d be the last time I’d have the feeling.”
He added sombrely: “I’ll have plenty of opportunities to wear black this year. Dudes that went through the rock and roll scene in the 1980s and 1990s and did all that stuff — this is how it ends.”
Meanwhile, Perkins has another reason to wear black. He has rebooted his Johnny Cash tribute show, The Man In Black, for another run. sound, wow The Man in Black, Frankston Arts Centre, May 9, Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, May 10, The Palais, St Kilda, May 12.