Get ready to scream for Jets

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Emily Pidgeon

FROM top­less women throw­ing their bras on stage to world­wide tours, the Scream­ing Jets have seen it all.

Now, Whit­sun­day fans can wit­ness the clas­sic Aussie hard rock band in per­son at Mag­nums Ho­tel.

Rock le­gend Dave Glee­son said they’ve al­ways had wild fans, some stick­ing out more than oth­ers.

“At a gig re­cently there were girls show­ing their boobs, but one was look­ing at us with a strange look on her face,” Glee­son said.

“Our roadie threw her back her bra to put it back on and the last thing I saw was her hav­ing a fight with big boobs fly­ing around and throw­ing punches.”

Fight­ing at The Scream­ing Jets con­certs has come a long way from the 80s, but a great en­ergy and vibe still runs through ev­ery show.

Ex­plod­ing on stage is some­thing the lead vo­cal­ist does best, even af­ter drink­ing 10 beers be­fore a show.

“We used to drink Jack Daniels like it was wa­ter back in the day...we’re a bunch of mates and would have a few loosen­ers,”

Glee­son said.

“I hadn’t seen my brother for 12 months so had about 10 beers be­fore go­ing on stage, I learned a les­son there.”

Still per­form­ing 27 years af­ter form­ing the band, Glee­son has given up “smok­ing cig­gers” and go­ing to night­clubs af­ter shows to help pre­serve his voice.

Fol­low­ing last year’s re­lease of their crit­i­cally ac­claimed, top 30 al­bum Chrome and the sub­se­quent Mu­sic Max Live Al­bum Launch and na­tional tours, Aus­tralia’s hard­est work­ing rock n roll band, The Scream­ing Jets have an­nounced they’re back to de­liver their fire­brand live shows.

Paul and Glee­son are the last two found­ing mem­bers still per­form­ing in The Scream­ing Jets.

“Ob­vi­ously, like ev­ery good rock star I ex­pected that by 27 I’d be dead,” he said.

Pump­ing crowds up and hav­ing “a yarn” has al­ways been Glee­son’s per­for­mance style, but the dig­i­tal age has changed the in­dus­try.

“MP3s sound like s**t...now peo­ple are one trick ponies, they may get one mil­lion views on YouTube but they sound like crap.”

Glee­son said the band per­forms songs about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and home­less­ness to make a point about im­por­tant is­sues.

Renowned for speak­ing his mind on stage, Glee­son’s hard rock per­for­mance is of­ten fol­lowed by “spit­ting venom if there’s some­thing that grinds (his) gears”.

“I say stuff I say down at the pub, but in­stead I say it in front of 400 or 500 mates in the room.

“I’m not on so­cial me­dia, but I’m on stage, if you wanna hear what Dave has to say you have to come to a gig.”

With New­cas­tle roots, The Scream­ing Jets have sold al­bums and toured world wide and have hit num­ber 10 in the Aus­tralian ARIA Charts and num­ber two in the In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Chart.

Putting their suc­cess all down to luck, The Scream­ing Jets are bring­ing their lat­est tour to the Whit­sun­days.

And when they’re not on stage ex­cit­ing crowds, the band spend six to seven hours in the car “telling jokes, mak­ing gross noises and smells... car­ry­ing on like a bunch of teenagers”, do­ing their own thing in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

“We’re a bunch of nice guys, a bunch of knock around blokes who love to get out there and per­form,” Glee­son said.

“We’re the best live band go­ing around so come and see it be­fore your naked steam­ing eyes.”

The Scream­ing Jets are per­form­ing at Mag­nums Ho­tel on Thurs­day, Au­gust 3.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GO MAD FOR THEM: The Scream­ing Jets are mak­ing their way to Glad­stone in Au­gust.

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