Keep­ing the clas­sic tunes alive

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Re­quest a clas­sic from the 60s, 70s, or 80s and chances are newly formed Toko­roa cover band Re­vival will per­form it.

For most of their lives band mem­bers Rob­bie Web­ber and Abra­ham Wal­ters, who is the brother of the late New Zealand 60s/70s hit maker Bunny Wal­ters, have had a pas­sion for mu­sic.

Web­ber, 68, went pro­fes­sional at age 18 and found success as a drum­mer with The Sim­ple Image (Spin­ning Spin­ning Spin­ning) and Wal­ters, 74, still re­mem­bers mu­sic fill­ing his child­hood home.

Most re­cently they were mem­bers of lo­cal band Our Soundz but af­ter the death of a fel­low mem­ber and two of their vo­cal­ists call­ing it quits they too con­sid­ered walk­ing away from mu­sic.

But their pas­sion for the mu­sic of the 60s, 70s and 80s was too strong.

It didn’t take them long to stum­ble upon ac­claimed New Zealand record­ing artist Jan Macpher­son who is one half of coun­try duo Spell­bound.

‘‘I started go­ing to lo­cal coun­try clubs and putting my feel­ers out and then I heard Jan. She also does rock, she can do Suzi Qu­a­tro and Pat Be­natar, it’s amaz­ing stuff so that was it, I didn’t have to look any fur­ther,’’ Web­ber laughed.

‘‘This is by far the best line up I have had for this sort of thing, it is streets ahead. Vo­cally it is so strong among the three of us.’’

Macpher­son, who moved to the South Waikato from Whangarei in Novem­ber, said the band was the per­fect fit for her.

‘‘I’ve been in­volved in the coun­try mu­sic scene for 30 years but I have al­ways been a se­cret rock chick so when the op­por­tu­nity came up to join these guys and do the stuff I grew up with... I ab­so­lutely said yes,’’ she laughed.

‘‘I also think it’s a ma­tu­rity thing, I’m 57, and we have all got any crap out of the way so we can just fo­cus and be com­mit­ted to the mu­sic.’’

She said the band can per­form any­thing from The Drifters and Dusty Spring­field to Joan Jett, Cher, and Pat Be­natar.

‘‘Peo­ple want to lis­ten to stuff they can sing along to be­cause that’s what gets peo­ple on the dance floor,’’ she said.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Re­vival mem­bers Rob­bie Web­ber, Jan Macpher­son, and Abra­ham Wal­ters.

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