Vet­eran rock­ers still party hard

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT’S ON -

AF­TER al­most 30 years in and out of the game, the Bour­bon Street band know you should never pass up a good op­por­tu­nity.

The Aussie rock ’n’ roll quar­tet come out of re­tire­ment for a string of shows, in­clud­ing a gig at Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val next month where they share the stage with rock le­gends Hoodoo Gu­rus, Men­tal As Any­thing and Ian Moss.

Formed in the late 1980s, Colin Ger­mano, Ho­race Be­van, Si­mon Dun­don and Lenny Patch made a name for them­selves by spend­ing more nights on stage than off.

This weekend, the orig­i­nal line-up plays a warm-up gig on the Gold Coast.

Front­man Ger­mano says Bour­bon Street still know how to have a good time.

‘‘There may be a few more grey hairs in the crowd and on stage, but at least there’s hair,’’ he laughs.

‘‘We have only jammed to­gether twice since all this came about.

‘‘We had to re-learn some of the old songs but it felt so good to blast them out. It brought back a lot of mem­o­ries.’’

The birth­place of Bour­bon Street is Len­nox Head but now the lads live along the coast from Bal­lina to Coolan­gatta.

In 1988, Bour­bon Street re­leased de­but record, Stronger than Dirt, which was shortly fol­lowed by Live By Night and Time Flies be­fore the band broke up in 1993.

The group re­united briefly for a fourth al­bum called Banned for Life in 2007, but dis­banded four days af­ter its re­lease.

‘‘The wheels fell off – we got four days into the tour and re­alised none of us were fit enough to do it,’’ says Ger­mano. ‘‘It was a chal­lenge for four guys to go through all that through the decades but we love each other very much and al­ways have.

‘‘None of us ever stopped play­ing mu­sic.

‘‘We have all been busy with other bands.’’

Ger­mano says Bour­bon Street were ‘‘road ad­dicts’’ in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

‘‘We were gig­ging five nights a week. It was dif­fer­ent then. We played Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day nights to 300-400 peo­ple – it doesn’t hap­pen like that any more,’’ he says.

‘‘It was a healthy scene with dozens of com­pe­tent rock bands. That’s gone – and in its place are pokie rooms, smaller venues and duos with sequenced back­ing mu­sic.

‘‘The mu­sic kids play doesn’t help – they play a lot of angsty mu­sic th­ese days. I think the ones who stick to their guns and lis­ten to the blues will be healthier mu­si­cians in their adult­hood.’’

Ger­mano says old and new fans who at­tended the Bour­bon Street re­union gig would be treated to ‘‘the real thing’’.

– ROSE SADLEIR

Bour­bon Street play South­ern Cross Tav­ern, Coolan­gatta on Fri­day.

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