Jet together again for Springsteen gigs
One of Australia’s biggest bands of the noughties have got back together.
Jet have announced a series of solo gigs on their side of the Tasman and will join Bruce Springsteen in Christchurch and Auckland next week.
With hits including Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Rollover D.J,
She’s a Genius, and Seventeen, they found international fame and sold millions of records in the 2000s.
Drummer and backup vocalist Chris Cester says: ‘‘We’ve been rehearsing now for about 10 days, but we haven’t played together in six or seven years.’’
After more than 10 years together, the rockers had a messy breakup in 2012. ‘‘Things flamed out pretty wildly between all of us on a personal level,’’ Cester says. ‘‘Last time round, when we saw each other on tour, there wasn’t really much harmony going on.’’
It seems time has healed those wounds. Cester says the vibe is positive. ‘‘Everybody seems to like each other, it feels good.’’
He says the tour does not necessarily signal anything longer term.
‘‘It’s more of a reunion than a reformation, but there are certainly new ideas and new things hanging around.’’
Cester was tight-lipped when asked about another album, saying: ‘‘There is new music, but you know, I don’t want to disappoint or upset anybody about it, so I don’t want to talk about it too much.’’
So what prompted this after so many years?
‘‘We changed labels a little while ago and I think that had something to do with it. Sometimes when you move a piece of the puzzle, everything shifts and changes dramatically.’’
For now, Cester says it’s all about relishing the experience.
‘‘Right now everything is beautiful, and everybody is really enjoying being in the moment, and that’s about as far as anyone is really willing to take it at this point. Everyone’s just having a really good time, and that’s really the bubble we’re living in, I think talking about the future for us is probably a bit of a jinx’’.
❚ Along with Marlon Williams and The Yarra Benders, Jet will perform as support to Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium on Tuesday, and Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on February 25.
Jet will support Bruce Springsteen at his Christchurch and Auckland shows.