JETS ARE SET
RELIVE GOLDEN ERA OF CLASSIC AUSSIE ROCK
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 oztix.com.au. Ages 18-plus only
Catch Aussie rock royalty The Screaming Jets at Parkwood Tavern tomorrow night.