HE FITS RIGHT IN
Simon Shapiro was petrified about joining 1927’s 20th anniversary tour but his fears about fans’ reaction proved to be unfounded
When Simon Shapiro was approached to join 1927’s 20th anniversary tour, he had reservations about living up to fans’ expectations. How could he compare to former iconic band members, he thought?
It would be hard to imagine recreating the original line-up but instead of giving into fear he faced the music, so to speak.
“I did feel like I needed to live up to something but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to,” says Shapiro, who plays bass guitar and provides backing vocals.
“I had this crippling fear that people wouldn’t be happy with me being on stage because it wasn’t what they were used to. But I got over that and made my own imprint. The fans were great straight away. They welcomed me with open arms.”
Even though the fans were phenomenal, Shapiro says it took 18 months to completely understand the band and their music.
“I had been such a huge fan so when this opportunity presented itself to me, I knew I had to give it my all,” he says.
“I did a lot of work to know the songs in and out. I would walk my dog and listen to them over and over.”
1927 are known for enduring hits such as That’s When I Think of You, Compulsory Hero, To Love Me, Scars, Don’t Forget Me and, of course, If I Could, earning them a number of ARIA awards and more than one million record sales. This weekend, the iconic Australian rockers head to the Gold Coast to headline Jupiter Hotel & Casino’s Gold FM Live event. The inaugural concert, which also features Sharon O’Neill, Eurogliders, The Chantoozies, Mi-Sex, Swannee, Dragon, Gang Gajang, Kings of the Sun and Pseudo Echo, promises to be a rock’n’roll journey through the ages. The event will be hosted by Richard, Bridge & Spida from Gold FM’s Breakfast Show. “This is a way to bring back the live music that the Gold Coast was once famous for – the songs that we play every day on Gold FM,” Richard says.
“Those of us who have memories of partying at the Jet Club and the Cabbage Patch will love this night.”
While Spida jokes they’ll have to hire extra security to “make sure that Bridge doesn't storm the stage to dance”, Bridge is just excited to turn back time to the golden eras.
“I have always wanted to recreate the iconic Playroom for one night only and this is the realisation of that dream,” she says.
Iconic Aussie rockers 1927 play at Jupiters Hotel & Casino tomorrow night.