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Pre­pare to be trans­ported to the golden era of Aussie pub rock when The Scream­ing Jets play at Park­wood Tav­ern tomorrow night.

The band will be joined by Boom Crash Opera for an evening re­liv­ing the great­est hits of the 1970s to now – not only from their own cat­a­logue of tunes, but from fel­low Aus­tralian rock roy­alty mu­sic groups.

On tour to pro­mote their Gotcha Cov­ered al­bum, The Scream­ing Jets front­man Dave Glee­son ex­plains the spin they’ve put on their live show cov­er­ing tracks from other bands.

“It’s our 30th an­niver­sary next year,” Dave says.

“This year we wanted to call it, and I said what about cob­bling to­gether all the cov­ers we’ve done.

“We thought of com­ing up with cov­er­ing a bunch of Aus­tralian clas­sics that we love, that have been part of our mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“We’ll be play­ing not only our own hits, but the hits of other great Aus­tralian bands. It’s such a fun night.”

Dave says the mu­sic is a trib­ute to sim­pler times, when rock and roll was dar­ing, reck­less and spon­ta­neous, with no fear of your ac­tions com­ing back to haunt you.

“There’s less aban­don like there was,” Dave says.

“Ob­vi­ously, judg­ing by the Shan­non Noll con­tro­versy, you’re not al­lowed to say what­ever you want any­more.

“I’ve let loose on stage over the years, said some things I prob­a­bly re­gret, but many things I stand by.

“That’s my abra­sive way, bring­ing stuff up on stage when I’m all pumped up.

“If they had record­ing de­vices back in the day I might have been cru­ci­fied for some of the stuff I said. You can’t make it a drunken show much any­more.”

Although there is one change in to­day’s gigs Dave is happy about.

“No smok­ing ... that’s the good thing about live shows now,” he says.

And Dave is a firm be­liever in if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – their break­out hit song Bet­ter will def­i­nitely be played loud, proud, and as the orig­i­nal in­tended … al­most.

“Pauly does a mad bass solo at the start (in Bet­ter),” Dave says.

“Some­times I say things in the mid­dle, some­times I don’t, some­times we break into other songs.

“With songs like that, I guess it goes with Gotcha Cov­ered as well. You’ve got to stay pretty close to it.

“Th­ese songs are hits for a rea­son. There’s ob­vi­ously some­thing about the struc­ture, the words, that has struck a chord with peo­ple.”

The Scream­ing Jets with Boom Crash Opera play tomorrow night at Park­wood Tav­ern. Doors open 8pm, tick­ets are $50 and avail­able at Ages 18-plus only

Catch Aussie rock roy­alty The Scream­ing Jets at Park­wood Tav­ern tomorrow night.

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