Cold Chisel names Prestwich replacement
COLD Chisel have drafted in American multi - instrumentalist Charley Drayton to help record new material following the death of drummer Steve Prestwich in January.
The Australian rockers announced yesterday they are ready to return to the studio with a view to completing their first album since 1998’ s The Last Wave Of Summer with Drayton on drums.
Confirming recording sessions for late March and June, Cold Chisel keyboardist Don Walker painted a tough few months but said Prestwich, who died from a brain tumour on January 16 aged 56, would be pleased the band is moving on.
‘‘ We’d already recorded a number of new songs with Steve prior to his passing plus all five of us have written songs over the summer with the intention of recording more this year,’’ Walker said.
‘‘ Hopefully Charley can help us complete the work we began together.
‘‘ Steve was totally into everything we’d been planning for 2011.’’
Charley Drayton with his wife
singer Chrissie Amphlett