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