Say hello to band at Trees
To mark their 35 years Hello Sailor will return to their roots performing at The Trees Tavern on October 30.
Hello Sailor emerged among the inner city student population in the midst of the 1970s disco boom.
In June 1975, the group’s first professional show was three nights at The Trees.
‘‘Not many venues then were prepared to take a punt on an unheard of band playing original music, and we were pretty rough,’’ band member Harry Lyon says.
Their debut self titled album released in 1977 was the first locally made New Zealand record to achieve Gold Record status.
In 1978 the band based itself in Hollywood and came close to securing a signing to an American major record label.
Hello Sailor returned to New Zealand when that didn’t work out, then the group headed to Australia.
Since then there have been solo plans, film scores, acting, tours and two more Hello Sailor studio albums.
Harry Lyon who will be joined by other founding members Graham Brazier and Dave McArtney says they love performing.
‘‘We love to play Sailor gigs because we play when we want to these days and it makes it special.
‘‘We’re all such firm friends now too, so when we get together it’s just a great time and I think the gigs reflect that.
‘‘I know we’re all really looking forward to playing at the Tress and Cabana (Hotel in Napier) because it’s where it all started for us.’’