HUNDREDS of artists across the country will be doing their bit today for the Save Live Australian Music campaign, playing shows to raise awareness of the important role small venues have in the fabric of Aussie culture. Nice to see that one of the SLAM Day participants is Hoodoo Gurus, who for an astonishing 32 years (with a six-year break from 1997 to 2003) have contributed greatly to Australia’s reputation as a producer of sweaty rock ’n’ roll. The band is part of the Between the Bays Music Festival being held at Moorooduc in Victoria, a SLAM event that also features Tim Finn and James Reyne. Looks like the Gurus could have a future themselves as rock promoters as well as performers, now that the touring Dig It Up Festival they created last year is selling fast for the upcoming 2013 event, starting in April in Brisbane. Last year, at the band’s invitation, the Gurus were joined by cool rockers the Sonics, Redd Kross and the Fleshtones, among others, and this year’s lineup is an equally mouth-watering selection of groovy rock bands from times gone by, including the Flamin’ Groovies, Blue Oyster Cult and Buzzcocks. Seems like the Gurus’ good taste could spawn a long-running niche shindig on the Oz rock calendar. NOT to be outdone, Jesus is also about to tour Australia, that is in the form of the crusty old musical an arena production of which has done big business in Britain. Now it’s coming here, with Tim Minchin in the role of Judas Iscariot and former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene. The show, which begins in Perth on May 31 and travels to Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, also sees a welcome return to the godly fold, as Pontius Pilate, for singer Jon Stevens, who played Judas alongside John Farnham’s Jesus in a box-office smash production of the show in 1992. Newcomer Ben Forster is taking on the Jesus role this time. Farnsie can at least take comfort from the fact that he has had just as many comebacks as the son of God. SPIN Doctor has been leafing through a curious tome entitled It’s the memoir of Prince Rupert Loewenstein, who, apart from being a Bavarian prince, also looked after the finances of the Rolling Stones for 40 years. Loewenstein describes himself as a combination of bank manager, psychiatrist and nanny to the not-so-royal court of Jagger and Co. The prince, a merchant banker, was introduced to Mick Jagger in 1968, at a time when the former London School of Economics student was trying to figure out why his band was ridiculously famous yet had no money. Loewenstein said he could fix that — and so he did. The prince tells the story of his long association with the Stones in a refreshingly un-rock ’n’ roll manner, as if bemused and amused by the world that he inadvertently found himself in, a bit like listening to the plummy tone of George Martin explaining his studio relationship with the Beatles. As an insight into the financial dealings of the Stones and, in particular, Jagger’s total involvement in it, it’s a fascinating read. It’s out through Bloomsbury next month for $29.99. ‘‘He is a great financial mind for the market,’’ said guitarist Keith Richards. ‘‘He plays that like I play the guitar. As long as there’s a smile on Rupert’s face, I’m cool.’’ TODAY marks the 15th anniversary of the day Brit-rockers Oasis were banned for life from the airline Cathay Pacific after indulging in what the airline called ‘‘abusive and disgusting behaviour’’ on a flight from Hong Kong to Perth.