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Aussie band Shep­pard can’t wait to soak up the charged at­mos­phere at the GC600 in a show cer­tain to de­light their grow­ing num­ber of fans

Shep­pard have torn through 2018 at full throt­tle. With a sec­ond al­bum re­lease and count­less shows, the ex­cite­ment of a fast-paced year will ex­plode later this month when the Bris­bane band hit the stage at the GC600.

While adren­a­line will no doubt be flow­ing from the streets to the sky, lead singer Ge­orge Shep­pard says he’s less ex­cited about the su­per­cars and more ex­cited about the, um, scenery.

“The Gold Coast event is much more than the car rac­ing – jets fly­ing around, top­less women on bal­conies,” he laughs.

“There’s this whole at­mos­phere in the air.

“There’s an elec­tric­ity. I re­ally en­joy that en­ergy.”

The Gold Coast show on Oc­to­ber 20 will be the band’s last Aus­tralian show be­fore they head off to Europe to con­tinue the tour of their al­bum Watch­ing The Sky.

Ge­orge says it’s been a wild ex­pe­ri­ence, from play­ing re­mote coun­try towns to quickly jet­ting over to New York and back.

“We got half­way through the Watch­ing The Sky tour across Aus­tralia, then jumped over to New York City for five days,” Ge­orge says.

“Then we started in Perth, West­ern Aus­tralia, and on to North Queens­land.

“We re­ally wanted to visit as many of the re­gional ar­eas as we could this time round. Ev­ery band seems to just tour to the main cities.

“We did that Mount Isa rodeo and I’ve never seen a crowd like that in my life. We played at 11.45pm, on the sec­ond night, they were well toasted – drunken lu­natics.”

Af­ter years of per­form­ing to­gether and hon­ing in on their sound, Ge­orge says Watch­ing The Sky is a pro­gres­sion of self-dis­cov­ery.

“We’ve done so many shows, we know who our au­di­ence are, we know who we are as a band, this is more of us hav­ing a bet­ter idea of what Shep­pard is,” Ge­orge says.

“With a song as big as Geron­imo, it’s al­ways go­ing to be a pres­sur­ing sit­u­a­tion to re­lease an­other al­bum.

“With the al­bum ( Watch­ing The Sky) go­ing to num­ber one, that’s the most eu­phoric I’ve felt.

“I feel it’s an evo­lu­tion of our first al­bum. It’s been re­ally nice to play it, the shows have been amaz­ing.”

So their smash hit Geron­imo will def­i­nitely be on the set list, as well as Com­ing Home, Edge of the Night and Let Me Down Easy.

“I think peo­ple are go­ing to be sur­prised by how much more of a rock band we are,” Ge­orge says.

“First and fore­most we are a live band, we play all our in­stru­ments and we have a great time do­ing so.”

Shep­pard play at the Broad­wa­ter Sounds Con­cert on Oc­to­ber 20 at the Broad­wa­ter Park­lands, South­port. En­try to the show is in­cluded in a GC600 Satur­day ticket, with prices start­ing at $85. Tick­ets will also be avail­able at the door

Shep­pard will play at the Broad­wa­ter Sounds Con­cert on Oc­to­ber 20.

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