The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - IAIN SHED­DEN

AS Aussie rock tal­ents Pow­derfin­ger re­lease their new album Dream Days at the Ho­tel Ex­is­tence to­day ( see be­low), the buzz around mu­sic in­dus­try cof­fee ta­bles and other shiny flat sur­faces is of the im­pend­ing tour by the Bris­bane five- piece and Novo­cas­trian rock gi­ants Sil­ver­chair. The tour, sched­uled for later in the year, is an un­likely pair­ing, not be­cause the two bands’ mu­sic is greatly at odds but be­cause they are both quite ca­pa­ble of pulling large crowds on their own. One could spec­u­late about what size the venues for such a dou­ble bill might be or who will take the head­line spot, or who gets the most money. What­ever the rea­son or mo­ti­va­tion, one can’t help but won­der what col­lab­o­ra­tions might en­sue once the two rock gi­ants hit the road. Clearly there is a deep- seated re­spect on both sides of the tour bus for this one, but let us re­mem­ber that th­ese are both bands that in re­cent years have found the de­mands of tour­ing a lit­tle hard to take, whether through ill­ness, ex­haus­tion or just be­ing fed up with each other. Will Bernard Fan­ning and Daniel Johns bond or will there be singer tantrums? Will it be all chummy down the rhythm sec­tion end, with each of them swap­ping tales of late- night para­did­dles and bass player jokes through­out the ages? Stay tuned for fur­ther de­vel­op­ments. HAVE you ever won­dered whether Bob Dylan is any good be­tween the sheets? It’s not some­thing that has given this writer much cause for thought but that can­not be said of ev­ery jour­nal­ist of my ac­quain­tance. Spin Doc­tor has been the sub­ject of some dis­com­fort this week due to a per­sis­tent and clearly de­ranged mem­ber I CAN’T be the only per­son in Aus­tralia to be the Os­monds are get­ting back to­gether, yet given that the ’ 70s is about to get an­other 15 min­utes of fame with the up­com­ing Count­down Spec­tac­u­lar 2 tour across Aus­tralia, per­haps it’s time for Donny, Marie, Sneezy and the rest to bring the fam­ily troupe down this way next year, af­ter they have filmed their re­union in the home of show- busi­ness dag­gi­ness, Las Ve­gas, in March next year. Some­one should start a pe­ti­tion.

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of staff here at Spin Doc­tor HQ whose heart seems set on a tryst with the 66- year- old trou­ba­dour when he ar­rives here in Au­gust. This per­son says she will do any­thing ( and I be­lieve her) to en­tice the great­est Amer­i­can song­writer of the mod­ern era around to her place, post­per­for­mance, for a quick oys­ter frenzy fol­lowed by an amorous ad­ven­ture the likes of which His Bob­ness will never have ex­pe­ri­enced, or so she says. The poor thing is un­der the im­pres­sion that, with my mu­sic in­dus­try con­nec­tions, I can make Bob, and thus the earth, move for her. ‘‘ You will be my con­duit,’’ she com­manded in her mildly up­set­ting, breathy man­ner. Ten weeks re­main un­til Dylan gets here. Maybe I can work from

home for a while.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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