Tex’s punk prom­ise

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - MIKEY CAHILL

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.

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