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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den spin­doc@

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.

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