The gurus of Aussie rock share the stage at Hope Estate
LIKE WOW: Hoodoo Gurus will be playing all their hits at The Grape Escape, at Hope Estate on April 29. Tickets to the all-Aussie affair are on sale now. Not much rattles Dave Faulkner. He has been a player in the music game for more than three decades now.
But when E Street Band guitaristSteven Van Zandt ventured into Melbourne Zoo last month on a rare break from touring with Bruce Springsteen to watch Hoodoo Gurus play – from the side of the stage – rattled Faulkner was.
As Faulkner says, Van Zandt“could have enjoyed a nice meal in Melbourne or done anything he wanted, really”on a relaxing day off. He didn’t have to take the time to watch a rock’n’roll band in action.
“I had heard a rumour hemight come, and I saw him when he turned up halfway though our first song,” Faulkner tells Weekender.
“I got a glimpse of that bandanna but I was afraid to look over as I thought it was going to throw me. With someonelike that watching you start getting into an internal monologue that can distract you. You can get self-conscious and wonder what he’s thinking.
“It did distract me, but not in a bad way, as we did a good gig actually. His presence might have brought a little extra intensity to what I was trying to do, and for the others too. It was pretty wild.”
Van Zandt joined the band on stage for the encore, Pushin’ Too Hard, by the Seeds.
“None of us had played it before but we all knew it. And it’s only got two chords so it wasn’t too hard. I could just stand back and enjoy the experience then.”
Faulkner and the Hoodoo Gurus joined Van Zandt backstage at Springsteen’s Sydney concert the following week and by then the world-famous guitarist had downloaded every Hoodoo Gurus album from iTunes.
“Hewent on and on about how much he loved theband and my singing, and we found out he loves our last album, Purity of Essence, and our first album the most out of everything we’ve done,” Faulkner explains.
“He told us he had chosen the opening track from Purity of Essence, Crackin’ Up,to be the song of the week on his radio show in the States.
“That’s a big deal for us. Hewasn’t joshing, he really does love our music. We are pretty fierce live and that is something he commented on.”
Hoodoo Gurus are fierce live, which is why they are headlining The Grape Escape at Hope Estate on April 29 alongsideYou Am I,Ratcat, Steve Kilbey,GANGgajangand The Allniters. They are also inventive, lyrically clever,ARIA Hall of Famers and co-curators of the Dig It Up! Invitational –and they’ve influenced an entire generation of bands. Songs likeWhat’s My Scene, Like Wow – Wipeout, Bittersweetand I Want You Backhave becomen classics that continue to be staple tracks on radio playlists today.
Twenty-five years on from their first album release, You Am I remain a must-see live band. Frontman Tim Rogers is unpredictable and often hilarious on stage but don’t forget, this is a band with 10 ARIA Awards to its name. And counting.
Dave FaulknerTingles EP was a surprise success and they hit the big timewhen single That Ain’t Bad topped the ARIA charts.A year later, they went on to releasealbumBlind Love, which also reached number one.
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Steve Kilbey, frontman of The Church, is a Hall of Fame inductee who gave the world the gift that is Under The Milky Way Tonight. GANGajang is the band responsible for the Aussie classic,Sounds of Then (This is ).
Sydney act The Allniters are considered the pioneers of n ska after they introduced the genre to the country in the ’80s. In2013, their cover of Bobby Bloom’s Montego Bay was voted one of the top 100 songs in –ever.
Faulkner, who is fond of a good red, is looking forward to the Hunter Valley experience – after the show has finished. Drinking before the show, he says, weakens his voice. Rogers, on the other hand, is known for swigging from a bottle during a You Am Iset.
And heis still trying to find a balance between writing songs and writing reviews for The Saturday Paper, describing them as opposing forces: “You don’t need to be looking at yourself from the outside when you’re doing something that is creative and personal. That comes later.”
The Grape Escape is at Hope Estate on April 29. Tickets are on sale now.