GO WEST GO 30
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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