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Park­way Drive home for Big Day Out

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H AD you spent 12 months tour­ing ev­ery­where from Gu­atemala to Kolkata, you might think Big Day Out no big deal. For By­ron Bay heavy rock­ers Park­way Drive, how­ever, land­ing a spot on the bill is a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.

‘‘We’re to­tally flat­tered,’’ says drum­mer Ben ‘‘Gaz’’ Gor­don.

‘‘We all went to it as kids and the big­gest bands in the world were al­ways at Big Day Out.

‘‘We’re re­ally ex­cited to be play­ing it be­cause it’s such an iconic tour. To be on the 20th an­niver­sary bill is spe­cial.’’

Park­way Drive will take to one of the main stages on Sun­day when the 20th Big Day Out gets un­der way at Park­lands Show­grounds.

Their 1pm slot on the Blue Stage is one of just a few live shows the band will play in 2012 af­ter de­cid­ing to take a break from their re­lent­less tour­ing sched­ule of 2011.

With a grow­ing in­ter­na­tional fan base, the band took their live show around the world, an ‘‘ad­ven­ture’’, Gor­don says, which was ‘‘un­for­get­table’’.

‘‘It has been very in­tense and the last year was prob­a­bly our busiest ever,’’ he says. ‘‘We did non-stop tour­ing and cov­ered new ground and coun­tries that bands never go to.

‘‘The big­gest shows we’ve ever played were through Europe but we also went through Asia and South Amer­ica.

‘‘The high­light for me was our last show of the year in Kolkata, In­dia.

‘‘It was by far the most in­ter­est­ing and sur­real place I’ve ever been.

‘‘The lo­cals there told us we were the first in­ter­na­tional heavy band to play in their city, which is in­cred­i­ble.’’

The five globe-trot­ting lads spent the past month in their home town, By­ron Bay, and Gor­don says they needed the re­cov­ery time.

‘‘Peo­ple al­ways say to us that we’re an en­er­getic band. There’s not a show we fin­ish where we’re not cov­ered in sweat.

‘‘But the big­gest thing is giv­ing and re­spect­ing each other’s space.

‘‘When we first started tour­ing we’d do the funny thing of draw­ing on a mate’s face when he fell asleep, but now ev­ery­one has their own rou­tine.

‘‘It does get test­ing and we oc­ca­sion­ally have heated ar­gu­ments, but none of us are ego­tis­ti­cal rock stars. ‘‘We’re com­pla­cent and re­laxed.’’ Fans need not worry about the five­piece slip­ping off the radar though, with Park­way Drive plan­ning two ma­jor re­leases this year.

The first – due out in a cou­ple of months – is a con­cert DVD and doc­u­men­tary about their time over­seas.

The sec­ond is their fourth stu­dio al­bum, which the band will record in Amer­ica as soon as they get off the Big Day Out. The as-yet-un­ti­tled al­bum is due for re­lease at year’s end.

Gor­don, mean­while, looks for­ward to play­ing some hot and heavy Big Day Out shows and catch­ing head­liner Kanye West’s live set.

‘‘I’m sure he won’t be hang­ing out back­stage,’’ he says.

‘‘You’d be more likely to find him in his jet or $10,000 ho­tel room.

‘‘I’ve heard he’s not the nicest guy, but his show has such a big bud­get I’m sure it’s go­ing to be amaz­ing.’’

Park­way Drive play the Big Day Out with Kanye West, Soundgar­den, My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance and more at Park­lands Show­grounds on Sun­day.

Maps and play­ing times in the week­end Gold Coast Bul­letin.

By­ron Bay favourites Park­way Drive.

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