STEVENS IS READY TO ROCK
Still making music for the sheer love of it, rock legend Jon Stevens plans to take Gold Coast fans down memory lane ... with a few surprises
He’s New Zealand born, but Australians have claimed legendary rocker Jon Stevens as our own. No stranger to the Gold Coast, Stevens is hitting Twin Towns’ big room Friday week and no doubt soaking up some of our famous laid-back lifestyle while he’s here.
“I’ve spent plenty of time on the Gold Coast, I think the last time was early this year,” he says. “I love the GC, weather’s great and people are having a good time because they’re in holiday mode.
“Just add music to that equation and it ramps up the whole experience.
“I definitely remember doing the Indie when I was playing with INXS, we spent the whole weekend up there, it was pretty crazy, lots of fun.”
While his INXS days are over, Stevens still draws on his years with the group for his solo performances, as well as stints with Noiseworks and Dead Daisies.
“I play a combination of everything and I’m keen to take requests too because I’ve got too many songs. It depends how you feel on the night too, generally I play my main songs – Noiseworks stuff, a couple of INXS songs, some new songs. I’m actually doing a thing for Michael Hutchence being honoured in the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame on December 14 and going to sing a couple of songs.
“I was very honoured to be asked to represent those guys, so they’ll probably still be fresh in my mind.”
Stevens says he may throw in some fresh music from his new album, produced by David Stewart, who has worked with Mick Jagger, Bono and Bob Geldof.
“I just finished the new album with David Stewart from Eurythmics, it’s called Starlight, being released in January,” he says.
“This gig I might even throw in a new track – it’s all music, man.
“My fans know what they’re going to get. We’ll have a few laughs and enjoy good old Australian rock and roll.”
With Starlight his 10th solo record, the old-school rocker says releasing an album today is different to what it used to be, but going on stage is a rush that never dies.
“Selling a record these days I don’t even know what it means – very few are bought, most are stolen,” he says.
“This generation have grown up not knowing anything else; they get online take whatever they want. I just make music for the sheer love of it and if people cotton on to it – fantastic – I’ve been doing it too long to give a s--t. Every time you walk onstage it’s a rush, it’s like jumping off a cliff, you’re throwing yourself into the fray.”
After singing, producing and touring for more than 35 years, you’d think a break would be on the horizon.
“I’ll get a break first couple of weeks of January, hang with my family. Most people couldn’t keep up the pace but I have a saying, all my life I’ve said ‘Don’t die wondering’.
“Don’t just be working someone else’s idea or clock, work to what you want to do in life. Make sure what you do is what you love.”
This is the reason Stevens is still doing what he does best.
“Most of my contemporaries are dead or struggling and I’m neither dead nor struggling. I love producing, I love music, I love life,” he says.
Jon Stevens, Twin Towns, December 16
MY FANS KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO GET. WE’LL HAVE A FEW LAUGHS AND ENJOY GOOD OLD AUSTRALIAN ROCK AND ROLL