Jet to­gether again for Spring­steen gigs

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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.

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