ANGELS ON HIGH
Gold Coast fans will get to see the legendary Aussie pub rockers belt out their classic album Face to Face at Southport RSL tomorrow night
It was a different era when The Angels released Face To Face, the album that shot the Aussie pub rock group to stardom. This year the lads have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release with an extensive national tour, Face II Face, and tomorrow night the Gold Coast gets to join the party at Southport RSL.
Guitarist and vocalist Rick Brewster says the best thing about music is that it’s timeless, although that can get a little weird sometimes.
“People come up to us at a show and say ‘my parents told me I was conceived after an Angels concert’,” Rick laughs.
“These days, you look down at the front row and see the audience is all 18 to 25, and they know every song, every lyric, and up the back are the blokes our age. It’s great.
“It’s so much about the memories and stories, people tell us they saved up enough money to buy the Face To Face album back in 1978, and a bit more for the bus to the record shop.
“It was a very significant album for us. It put the band on a map in a big way.”
Quickly after its release, hit songs After the Rain, Take a Long Line and Comin’ Down were on high rotation on Australian and international radio airwaves – although at the time The Angels had no idea.
“We were gigging so hard, we were playing seven nights a week, to venues that were packed like sardines,” Rick says. “The door limits that are enforced these days, they never were in the past. You could never get as many people in as you used to.
“Places were licenced for 500 people and we had 2000 there.
“That’s where pogo-ing came from. You couldn’t move at all, all you could do was jump up and down.
“It was amazing, that whole time period, the late ’70s to early ’80s.”
Limb safety isn’t the only thing that’s changed since then – The Angels have had a number of line-up changes after disbanding, reuniting, and replacing late members Chris Bailey and Doc Neeson.
Tomorrow night Rick will be joined by brother and original member John Brewster on rhythm guitar, alongside new members Nick Norton on drums, Sam Brewster – John’s son – on bass, and lead singer Dave Gleeson, who most will recognise as the frontman of The Screaming Jets.
“We’ve had some line-up changes, but not much has changed musically,” Rick says.
“It’s still the same reaction we get to songs.
“We come on early, no support band, we do the whole Face To Face album, take a break and do another set, with a whole lot of other songs.
“It’s good fun. It’s a long show, probably on stage for two-and-a-half hours.”
The live shows are also the only opportunity to purchase the 2018 version of the album where it all began, re-recorded live and in studio with the new members.
The Angels play the Southport RSL tomorrow night. Doors open 7.30pm, tickets $40, available at rslclubsouthport.com.au or by calling 5552 4203
Rick Brewster, Sam Brewster, Nick Norton, Dave Gleeson and John Brewster from The Angels.