HORSE POWER

WHY DARYL BRAITH­WAITE WILL BE THE MANE EVENT AT SURFERS PAR­ADISE LIVE

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Daryl Braith­waite has been in the mu­sic in­dus­try for around 45 years, but it’s now, at 69 years of age, that he’s ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of his great­est suc­cess yet.

Not only was he on the Falls Fes­ti­val bill along­side some of Aus­tralia and the world’s big­gest acts right now (he be­ing the only vin­tage breed) but he drew one of the largest crowds of the three­day fes­ti­val – eas­ily more than 10,000 peo­ple.

“By­ron was just amaz­ing, that venue is just out of this world. I think it’s per­fect,” he says. “There was some footage a lo­cal put on and you can hear all the peo­ple singing The Horses.

“I’d never seen any­thing quite like it, very en­dear­ing.”

Of course The Horses is a ma­jor driv­ing force for Braith­waite and his band’s longevity, giv­ing Won­der­wall a run for its money as the most re­quested and an all­time karaoke favourite.

Even kids who weren’t alive when it came out in 1991 know all the lyrics.

Not even Braith­waite can un­der­stand it.

“We’ve played a lot,” he says. “Maybe luck, just for­tu­nate to be at the right place and the right time.

“Cer­tain things have hap­pened and The Horses is more pop­u­lar than when it came out in ’91. I have no an­swer, I find it quite amaz­ing and ex­cit­ing con­sid­er­ing I’ve been do­ing it so long.

“I think it’ll be with me ’til the day I die try­ing to work out and be ever so grate­ful that a song that came out in 1991 has main­tained its suc­cess and ac­tu­ally got­ten big­ger.”

Although he’s got plenty of other hits, One Sum­mer, As The Days Go By plus songs from his orig­i­nal band Sher­bet – Aussie clas­sic Howzat to name just one – Braith­waite’s sets are still meaty.

But there’s no deny­ing it’s The Horses ev­ery­one’s wait­ing for. Some artists be­come frus­trated by that (Liam Gal­lagher went through a stage where he didn’t play Won­der­wall) but Braith­waite takes it in his stride.

“I some­times tell the au­di­ence just be­fore we do The Horses ‘some­times I get con­cerned that I’ve only got one song after 45 years in the in­dus­try’ and then they sorta laugh and we start,” he says.

There have been ru­mours Braith­waite has also called “last song” and an­nounced “OK, this is some new stuff we’ve been work­ing on,” to a be­wil­dered crowd, only to break into a laugh and shortly after, The Horses.

If you haven’t been among a live crowd while ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing Braith­waite, is belt­ing out an ex­tended cho­rus to The Horses, it’s an Aussie rite of pas­sage.

Luck­ily, Satur­day night is your chance.

“I’ve had a look where we’re play­ing at Cav­ill Av­enue and it’s go­ing to be great. I’m sure it’ll be packed,” he says.

“I’m not sure we’ll be par­ty­ing after. Our par­ties con­sist of a packet of chips, maybe a beer and then ev­ery­one goes back to their room and watches TV.

“But you never know, there may be a party this time on the Gold Coast.”

Daryl Braith­waite plays Surfers Par­adise LIVE Satur­day 6.15pm. For the full three-day pro­gram go to surferspar­adise.com

Aus­tralian mu­sic icon Daryl Braith­waite plays Surfers Par­adise LIVE on Satur­day.

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