Re­turn of the liv­ing DAAS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Comedy - Tanya MacNaughton

LIKE their show’s ti­tle, Near Death Ex­pe­ri­ence, The Doug An­thony All­stars’ sea­son at Re­gal Theatre in Oc­to­ber was close to be­com­ing a ca­su­alty when Paul McDer­mott was sum­monsed for jury duty.

“The trial was 15 weeks and when I’m the only source of in­come for my ex­is­tence that’s not great,” McDer­mott said.

“That’s not to say that I’m not all for see­ing jus­tice done. I’d love to sit on a jury and judge my peers, but un­for­tu­nately I wasn’t able to do it on this oc­ca­sion.”

The trio – McDer­mott, Tim Fer­gu­son and Paul ‘Flacco’ Liv­ingston – has kept the DAAS train run­ning since the 20-year re­union tour in 2014.

McDer­mott joked the longevity of the DAAS re­turn was thanks to Fer­gu­son’s mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, which has him us­ing a wheelchair.

“We didn’t think Tim was go­ing to last this long and now we’re com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing the jour­ney,” the 53-year-old said.

“It’s one of those things when a fel­low in a chair with a short­ened life ex­pectancy asks if we’d like to get the band back to­gether, you sort of feel there’s a lit­tle bit of guilt in­volved.

“But it has proven to be an ab­so­lute un­bri­dled, un­stop­pable carousel of deliri­ous de­light.”

The Room 101 host said Near Death Ex­pe­ri­ence would be dif­fer­ent to the Perth shows last year, with new songs and a few old ones “to sat­isfy the clam­our­ing fans from the past”.

“Es­sen­tially the All­stars has been a for­ward mov­ing ve­hi­cle; it doesn’t loi­ter in past glory and we’ve no­ticed that ev­ery song we’ve brought back from the old days we’ve bent out of shape com­pletely,” he said.

“It was a lovely ma­chine back in the day and just turned into a beau­ti­ful ve­hi­cle once again.”

McDer­mott said he be­lieved in po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and did not think DAAS had ever been po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect.

“I think an as­pect of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is be­ing able to speak about any topic but not in­dulge in de­mon­is­ing or de­grad­ing other peo­ple be­cause of their back­ground, re­li­gion or be­liefs,” he said.

“We have just al­ways in the All­stars said the things other peo­ple haven’t wanted to say.

“There’s a cer­tain amount of brash hon­esty with what we used to and still do now, where some peo­ple like that and some don’t.

“Thank­fully, so far we’ve sold out across the coun­try, so I think there are a few peo­ple who like it.”

Pic­ture: Shane Rozario

Paul McDer­mott, Tim Fer­gu­son and Paul ‘Flacco’ Liv­ingston.

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