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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - SALLY COATES

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


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