SHEPPARD GEAR UP FOR THE GOLD COAST’S BIGGEST PARTY
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.