TIME TO PARTY

Be part of a mile­stone show with Aussie pub rock leg­ends The Radiators to­mor­row night as they mark 40 years since their first gig to­gether

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHER­SON The Radiators play to­mor­row night at Sound­lounge, Cur­rumbin. Doors open 7.30pm, tick­ets are $25 at sound­lounge.com.au or $30 on the door

Don’t make the mistake of ask­ing The Radiators how their lat­est tour is go­ing. “It’s been go­ing for about 40 years,” bassist and Radiators found­ing mem­ber Ge­off Turner laughs. “It’s a long tour.”

The Radiators are part of a lost Aussie pub rock scene all about play­ing as many shows as pos­si­ble and break­ing run­ning-gig records with­out even try­ing.

To­mor­row night the iconic rock band will play at the Cur­rumbin Sound­lounge, al­most ex­actly 40 years to the date since their first show to­gether.

“We did our first gig on the 13th Septem­ber, 1978,” Ge­off says. “We’ve never re­ally had more than a month off.

“We’ve never bro­ken up or had a hiatus.

“We’ll be start­ing our 40thyear cel­e­bra­tions this year, so we’re get­ting T-shirts made up, posters with ‘no stop­ping’ signs. We’re about to give that a bit of a pump up with our 40th an­niver­sary.”

Ge­off says the Gold Coast is where he first at­tempted to break into the mu­sic scene.

“I started my ca­reer on the Gold Coast,” he says.

“My first pro­fes­sional gig was at Palm Beach. We played for eight hours for $40 and had all the prawns we could eat.

“When I came down to Burleigh in ’74, there wasn’t a lot of gigs to sat­isfy.

“It was a very dif­fer­ent scene back then – big bands and match­ing cos­tumes.

“We went down to Syd­ney and have been down there ever since.”

Ge­off says to­mor­row night’s gig will pay homage to sim­pler times when live mu­sic reigned supreme.

“There was so many great bands back then – Mid­night Oil, The An­gels, Split Enz,” Ge­off says.

“You could play ev­ery night of the week back then. You can’t do that these days.

“Luck­ily there’s still a few venues that want to play live mu­sic.

“People have a lot more dis­trac­tions these days. It’s a lot more com­pet­i­tive, harder to get people out and about to check out bands.

“Live mu­sic will al­ways sur­vive. Once people have a taste of it, they go ‘what have I been miss­ing?’”

Pun­ters can ex­pect to hear all of the band’s hits, in­clud­ing 1979 track Com­ing Home, and 1980s songs Gimme Head and No Tragedy.

And the song I Wish I Was 17 Again will have a par­tic­u­larly ironic feel­ing for the band when they smash it out loud and proud.

“It’s a song by Brian (Ni­chols, lead vo­cals and gui­tar). We were in our early 20s, maybe he was al­ready rem­i­nisc­ing,” Ge­off says.

“Back then when you got to 24 or 25, you think ‘I’m get­ting old’. Any­one who was over 40 was like grandpa or grandma.

“Luck­ily, a lot more people are hang­ing around now. The Rolling Stones are still play­ing.

“We’re grate­ful you’re only as old as you feel. Keep go­ing while you can still stand up right. People still com­ing along to our shows in droves.

“It’s al­ways great on the Gold Coast. Re­ally loyal bunch of sup­port­ers.”

Catch vet­eran Aussie rock band The Radiators at Sound­lounge to­mor­row night.

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