AN­GELS ON HIGH

Gold Coast fans will get to see the leg­endary Aussie pub rock­ers belt out their clas­sic al­bum Face to Face at South­port RSL to­mor­row night

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

It was a dif­fer­ent era when The An­gels re­leased Face To Face, the al­bum that shot the Aussie pub rock group to star­dom. This year the lads have been cel­e­brat­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of its re­lease with an ex­ten­sive na­tional tour, Face II Face, and to­mor­row night the Gold Coast gets to join the party at South­port RSL.

Gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Rick Brew­ster says the best thing about mu­sic is that it’s time­less, although that can get a lit­tle weird some­times.

“Peo­ple come up to us at a show and say ‘my par­ents told me I was con­ceived af­ter an An­gels con­cert’,” Rick laughs.

“These days, you look down at the front row and see the au­di­ence is all 18 to 25, and they know ev­ery song, ev­ery lyric, and up the back are the blokes our age. It’s great.

“It’s so much about the mem­o­ries and sto­ries, peo­ple tell us they saved up enough money to buy the Face To Face al­bum back in 1978, and a bit more for the bus to the record shop.

“It was a very sig­nif­i­cant al­bum for us. It put the band on a map in a big way.”

Quickly af­ter its re­lease, hit songs Af­ter the Rain, Take a Long Line and Comin’ Down were on high ro­ta­tion on Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional ra­dio air­waves – although at the time The An­gels had no idea.

“We were gig­ging so hard, we were play­ing seven nights a week, to venues that were packed like sar­dines,” Rick says. “The door lim­its that are en­forced these days, they never were in the past. You could never get as many peo­ple in as you used to.

“Places were li­cenced for 500 peo­ple and we had 2000 there.

“That’s where pogo-ing came from. You couldn’t move at all, all you could do was jump up and down.

“It was amaz­ing, that whole time pe­riod, the late ’70s to early ’80s.”

Limb safety isn’t the only thing that’s changed since then – The An­gels have had a num­ber of line-up changes af­ter dis­band­ing, re­unit­ing, and re­plac­ing late mem­bers Chris Bai­ley and Doc Nee­son.

To­mor­row night Rick will be joined by brother and orig­i­nal mem­ber John Brew­ster on rhythm gui­tar, along­side new mem­bers Nick Nor­ton on drums, Sam Brew­ster – John’s son – on bass, and lead singer Dave Glee­son, who most will recog­nise as the front­man of The Scream­ing Jets.

“We’ve had some line-up changes, but not much has changed mu­si­cally,” Rick says.

“It’s still the same re­ac­tion we get to songs.

“We come on early, no sup­port band, we do the whole Face To Face al­bum, take a break and do an­other set, with a whole lot of other songs.

“It’s good fun. It’s a long show, prob­a­bly on stage for two-and-a-half hours.”

The live shows are also the only op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase the 2018 ver­sion of the al­bum where it all be­gan, re-recorded live and in stu­dio with the new mem­bers.

The An­gels play the South­port RSL to­mor­row night. Doors open 7.30pm, tick­ets $40, avail­able at rslclub­south­port.com.au or by call­ing 5552 4203

Rick Brew­ster, Sam Brew­ster, Nick Nor­ton, Dave Glee­son and John Brew­ster from The An­gels.

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