Wise move as Jim re­joins the band

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD - – SUZANNE SIMONOT

AL­I­FOR­NIA punk re­vival­ists Pen­ny­wise can’t wait to get to the Gold Coast to raise a ruckus with orig­i­nal vo­cal­ist Jim Lind­berg, who has re­joined the band for its 25th an­niver­sary tour.

The group’s no­to­ri­ous lead gui­tarist, six-foot-eight­inches (203cm) tall pow­er­house Fletcher Dragge (who turns 47 dur­ing the band’s Aus­tralian tour), says Pen­ny­wise re­turn to Aus­tralia ‘‘at full force’’ af­ter rec­on­cil­ing and re­unit­ing with Lind­berg.

‘‘We’re hav­ing a great time and the stage vibe is great and Jim’s per­for­mance is in­sanely good,’’ he says.

‘‘The crowds are go­ing twice as crazy as we’ve seen in 10 years. Life’s a strange thing – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. ’’

Lind­berg re­joined Pen­ny­wise af­ter the band was forced to can­cel Aus­tralian shows in Au­gust last year when newish front­man Zoli Te­glas ag­gra­vated in­juries sus­tained dur­ing a fall on stage in Europe and re­quired back surgery. Dragge says Te­glas sug­gested Lind­berg could fill in for him while he re­cov­ered.

‘‘We said to him, ‘if Jim comes back to the band ever you’re gonna be out of a job’,’’ Dragge says.

‘‘We never wanted him to leave in the first place. He sang on nine al­bums. Zoli was do­ing a good job but we he was fill­ing in for him, not the other way around.’’

The sit­u­a­tion was a chance to build bridges with Lind­berg and get the orig­i­nal team back to­gether.

‘‘Jim needed a break and look­ing back, no one’s per­fect,’’ says Dragge, who re­fused to speak to Lind­berg when he de­cided to quit the band.

‘‘I was off my arse, break­ing things and ter­ror­is­ing peo­ple. I had to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for my ac­tions.

‘‘I’ve grown up a lit­tle bit. We’re fam­ily – we’ve got 20 years in­vested in this band. Pen­ny­wise is im­por­tant to peo­ple. We needed to stop be­ing a bunch of lames and open com­mu­ni­ca­tion.’’

The re­united Pen­ny­wise played their first 25th an­niver­sary show on Jan­uary 18 in Hol­ly­wood to rave re­views and are tour­ing to ca­pac­ity crowds.

Pen­ny­wise are joined in Aus­tralia by fel­low Cal­i­for­ni­ans Face to Face, hailed by fans and crit­ics as one of the most im­por­tant bands to come out of the 1990s punk re­vival, and Philadel­phia na­tives The Men­zingers, renowned for their raw, rough, bluesy punk rock sound.

Pen­ny­wise, Face to Face and The Men­zingers play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on Sun­day at 8pm. Tick­ets are $57.

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