Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Tyler Brown

A PER­CEP­TION of ’80s mu­sic be­ing cheesy is not an idea Peter Cox cares for.

“But at the same time, the mu­sic of the 80s was 30 years ago now and there’s no get­ting away from that,” the Go West lead vo­cal­ist said.

“I take a cer­tain pride in the fact we are still mak­ing mu­sic and play­ing shows around the world 30 years later. I don’t know what else you would have to be, what else you would have to be do­ing, to be cred­i­ble be­cause I think a 30-year ca­reer is some­thing to be proud of.”

The Bri­tish pop duo, which also in­cludes gui­tarist Richard Drum­mie and this year cel­e­brates 30 years since their de­but sin­gle, are bring­ing the ’80s back to Aus­tralia as part of a 10-date na­tional tour that kicks off at the As­tor Theatre.

80s Ma­nia brings to­gether four of the UK’s best-loved acts of the era in­clud­ing Paul Young, Nik Ker­shaw and Cut­ting Crew.

Cox said he was look­ing for­ward to what could be de­scribed as an ’80s party.

“We would like the idea that au­di­ences will come and have an ab­so­lute blast, hear the songs they re­mem­ber, that they want to hear and with some energy,” he said.

“We’re bring­ing our own band to Aus­tralia this time – the Go West band, that is – which is a bit of a lux­ury be­cause in the past, we’ve worked with some fan­tas­tic lo­cal play­ers but we haven’t had our own band with us.

“Also, Nik Ker­shaw and Go West will be on stage to­gether, so while we will, of course, be play­ing the hits, we will be throw­ing in a few sur­prises.

“We fully un­der­stand an au­di­ence that’s nos­tal­gic and wants to hear the artists play those songs, so we will be play­ing those songs but we just want to have another lit­tle some­thing in­ter­est­ing and un­ex­pected, as well as the songs ev­ery­one is com­ing to hear.”

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