Bands live it up on RSL stage

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

SOUTH­PORT RSL hosts a dou­ble bill with two of Aus­tralia’s great­est rock bands – Men­tal as Any­thing and The Ra­di­a­tors, who first per­formed to­gether in the late 1970s – tak­ing to the stage to­mor­row night. Men­tal as Any­thing vo­cal­ist and key­board player An­drew Smith, bet­ter known as Greedy, says the band will be play­ing songs from their Essen­tials of Any­thing al­bum, which is a col­lec­tion of their bet­ter known tunes. ‘‘A lot of peo­ple know our songs from the ra­dio and I think there is some­thing peo­ple re­mem­ber about us,’’ says Greedy. ‘‘The crowds we play to now tend to be who we used to play to at the start, plus their chil­dren who have been ex­posed to our mu­sic through their par­ents.’’ Men­tal as Any­thing have come a long way since their early be­gin­nings as young art school stu­dents who wanted to try their hand at play­ing mu­sic in pubs. The band has since trav­elled around the world, writ­ten a huge amount of their own ma­te­rial and pro­duced many hits, in­clud­ing Live It Up. ‘‘The older we get the more we ap­pre­ci­ate the po­si­tion we are in. We gained our suc­cess in a time when ears were un­clut­tered,’’ Greedy says.

Men­tal as Any­thing and The Ra­di­a­tors play South­port RSL to­mor­row at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are $28.

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