Si­mon Shapiro was petrified about join­ing 1927’s 20th an­niver­sary tour but his fears about fans’ re­ac­tion proved to be un­founded

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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.

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