‘Wanted’ ad brought Moss into the Cold

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

ANY mu­si­cian hopes when join­ing a band that they are go­ing to be­come a house­hold name.

That is what Ian Moss dreamed when he an­swered a ‘gui­tarist wanted’ ad in 1973 but never did he imag­ine what was later to be­come Cold Chisel would be where it is to­day, es­pe­cially in 1983 when the band de­cided to take a break.

“I thought the fun was over and it was time to get a real job, get a trade, set­tle down and be re­spon­si­ble,” Moss said.

“It was quite a fear­some mo­ment at the time be­cause I don’t have a trade, all I know how to do is play gui­tar. And now here we are all these years later and it just seems to be get­ting stronger.”

Set to re­lease a new al­bum in Septem­ber, a fol­low-up to 2012’s No Plans, Cold Chisel has an­nounced its big­gest Aus­tralian tour in four years, with One Night Stand bring­ing the band to Perth Arena for the first time on Novem­ber 14.

How­ever, de­spite the new tracks, Moss said fans could ex­pect a well-rounded show.

“Chisel has such a vast cat­a­logue and we’ve kind of con­cluded that there’re 14 songs we have to play be­cause we wouldn’t get out of the build­ing alive if we didn’t,” he said.

“So that only leaves room for about five or six more songs each night. Be­tween those six we’ll divvy up maybe three or four from the new al­bum and then lis­ten to peo­ple’s feed­back and pick a cou­ple of songs we haven’t done for a long time.

“One Long Day is my all-time favourite Cold Chisel song from the first al­bum. We’ve been re­hears­ing that one and it’s sound­ing good, so there’s a chance that’ll get a run, which it hasn’t for years.”

Moss said peo­ple were as­tounded when they heard it took five years be­fore the pub rock­ers even got a sniff of in­ter­est from a record com­pany.

And even then, things did not re­ally take off un­til their 1980 third al­bum, East.

“We started to see the queues around the block and hav­ing to turn peo­ple away when the venues got full,” he said.

“Then there was the brief trip we took to the United States in July 1981, where we had great gigs and au­di­ences. It was a shame we didn’t stay there longer and slog that one out.

“In those days you couldn’t go to mu­sic school to learn how to write songs or put on a per­for­mance. You fig­ured it out for your­self grad­u­ally and it was so re­ward­ing.”

The Liv­ing End has been an­nounced as spe­cial guests for the Perth Arena show and Moss said the band had sim­i­lar­i­ties to Cold Chisel, de­spite them lean­ing to­wards the rock­a­billy end of the scale.

“They have tonnes of en­ergy and will kick-start the night,” he said.

Cold Chisel will head­line Perth Arena in Novem­ber.

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