No ri­valry among tour­ing pop pals

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LONG gone are the days when Wendy Matthews and Mar­garet Ur­lich had to pre­tend they were ri­vals. When the two pop­u­lar singers launched their solo ca­reers in the 1990s, their record com­pa­nies ‘‘whipped up sup­posed com­pe­ti­tion’’ be­tween them. ‘‘‘It was al­ways like, ‘who’s go­ing to win the ARIA’,’’ Matthews says. ‘‘It’s much more re­laxed now. We are great friends. We’ve known each other for a long time.’’ Orig­i­nally from Canada, Matthews is an Aus­tralian al­ter­na­tive­pop singer and a for­mer mem­ber of Mod­els and Ab­sent Friends. Ur­lich was born in Auck­land, New Zealand, but moved to Aus­tralia in the late ’80s to pur­sue her singing ca­reer. This week­end Matthews and Ur­lich team up to share sto­ries and songs on stage as they show­case their iconic voices and clas­sic tunes. With their ‘‘com­pet­i­tive’’ days be­hind them, the pair back each other vo­cally on their most loved songs, in­clud­ing Es­cap­ing, I Don’t Want To Be With No­body But You, Only My Heart Call­ing and Stand­ing Strong. ‘‘It’s great fun and a re­ally nice change from our nor­mal gigs,’’ says Matthews. ‘‘There’s a real chem­istry on stage be­tween us. There’s eight of us on stage in to­tal, a cou­ple of her mu­si­cians and some of mine.’’ Matthews says singing duets is a nice change from tour­ing solo. ‘‘It’s lovely to have a break and a think and a lis­ten,’’ she says. Matthews en­joyed Top 20 hits in the 1990s in­clud­ing To­ken An­gels, Let’s Kiss (Like An­gels Do) and Fri­day’s Child and Top 20 al­bums You’ve Al­ways Got the Blues (with Kate Ceberano), mi­gre´ , Lily and The Wit­ness Tree. She will re­lease her 13th al­bum, The Wel­come Fire, next month. ‘‘I’m so ex­cited about this one,’’ she says. ‘‘I got to­gether with peo­ple like Josh Pyke and Me­gan Wash­ing­ton to write songs. There are plenty of sto­ries and they are all orig­i­nal songs.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

Wendy Matthews and Mar­garet Ur­lich play RSL Southport on Satur­day at 8pm. Tick­ets $40.

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