live’n’loud: Man­nix and mates get back to work.......

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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).

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