live’n’loud: Mannix and mates get back to work.......
IGHTIES rocker Brian Mannix may not have taken home the Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy but he feels a little like a winner.
Like other celebs who have danced for charity in the Channel 7 TV hit, the former Uncanny Xmen frontman dropped some weight.
‘‘I got down to 52kg, which is light enough to ride as a jockey in the Melbourne Cup – not that I can ride a horse,’’ he quips. Nor is he smoking as much. ‘‘I tried to quit. I’m back on the patches again,’’ he says.
‘‘You’re on them, you’re off them – more off than on these days, but it’s always a fight.’’
Mannix made his exit from DWTS and climbed straight back on the live gig bandwagon with weekend gigs most recently in Melbourne and Sydney.
He lands on the Gold Coast tomorrow to perform hits from his back catalogue for an Absolutely 80s show, joining musical contemporaries Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen) and Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera).
Mannix says a stint on national television has coincided with bigger audiences at live shows.
‘‘It’s true we see more people through the doors. More guys, too – which is the real surprise,’’ he says.
Mannix’s songlist includes How Do You Get Your Kicks?, 50 Years and Everybody Wants to Work. ‘‘I still love singing them,’’ he says. ‘‘If I’m not enjoying myself, I can’t expect audiences to have a good time.
‘‘They’re autobiographical – or they were. They’re not about me now, but who I was then – I was going through tough times. Performing them now is a bit like sitting down to read an old diary. I enjoy the nostalgia aspect of it.’’
with Brian Mannix, Scott Carne and Dale Ryder, plays The Lonestar Tavern, Mermaid Waters, tomorrow . Tickets $25 or $50 dinner/show.
Clubbing, What’s On, Pages 40-43
stars and mates Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera), Brian Mannix (Uncanny Xmen) and Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen).