TIME TO PARTY
Be part of a milestone show with Aussie pub rock legends The Radiators tomorrow night as they mark 40 years since their first gig together
Don’t make the mistake of asking The Radiators how their latest tour is going. “It’s been going for about 40 years,” bassist and Radiators founding member Geoff Turner laughs. “It’s a long tour.”
The Radiators are part of a lost Aussie pub rock scene all about playing as many shows as possible and breaking running-gig records without even trying.
Tomorrow night the iconic rock band will play at the Currumbin Soundlounge, almost exactly 40 years to the date since their first show together.
“We did our first gig on the 13th September, 1978,” Geoff says. “We’ve never really had more than a month off.
“We’ve never broken up or had a hiatus.
“We’ll be starting our 40thyear celebrations this year, so we’re getting T-shirts made up, posters with ‘no stopping’ signs. We’re about to give that a bit of a pump up with our 40th anniversary.”
Geoff says the Gold Coast is where he first attempted to break into the music scene.
“I started my career on the Gold Coast,” he says.
“My first professional gig was at Palm Beach. We played for eight hours for $40 and had all the prawns we could eat.
“When I came down to Burleigh in ’74, there wasn’t a lot of gigs to satisfy.
“It was a very different scene back then – big bands and matching costumes.
“We went down to Sydney and have been down there ever since.”
Geoff says tomorrow night’s gig will pay homage to simpler times when live music reigned supreme.
“There was so many great bands back then – Midnight Oil, The Angels, Split Enz,” Geoff says.
“You could play every night of the week back then. You can’t do that these days.
“Luckily there’s still a few venues that want to play live music.
“People have a lot more distractions these days. It’s a lot more competitive, harder to get people out and about to check out bands.
“Live music will always survive. Once people have a taste of it, they go ‘what have I been missing?’”
Punters can expect to hear all of the band’s hits, including 1979 track Coming Home, and 1980s songs Gimme Head and No Tragedy.
And the song I Wish I Was 17 Again will have a particularly ironic feeling for the band when they smash it out loud and proud.
“It’s a song by Brian (Nichols, lead vocals and guitar). We were in our early 20s, maybe he was already reminiscing,” Geoff says.
“Back then when you got to 24 or 25, you think ‘I’m getting old’. Anyone who was over 40 was like grandpa or grandma.
“Luckily, a lot more people are hanging around now. The Rolling Stones are still playing.
“We’re grateful you’re only as old as you feel. Keep going while you can still stand up right. People still coming along to our shows in droves.
“It’s always great on the Gold Coast. Really loyal bunch of supporters.”
Catch veteran Aussie rock band The Radiators at Soundlounge tomorrow night.