Aussie rock bands have no qualms about playing together, and we’ve seen plenty of Aussie supergroups take shape over the decades – but this is without a doubt one of the biggest to ever squeeze onto a stage.
Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson, The Living End’s frontman Chris Cheney, You Am I frontman Tim Rogers, Spiderbait vocalist/drummer Kram, and Aussie icon Tex Perkins are all teaming up in tribute to late Easybeats frontman Stevie Wright.
The band will even be backed by members of Divinyls, The Whitlams and Baby Animals as they take on dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and NSW’s Thirroul this December for the ‘Easyfever tour’, performing songs by the legendary Australian outfit the whole way.
The last time we can recall a group this big was, funnily enough, when The Wrights formed back in ’04 and took Stevie Wright’s ‘Evie’ to #2 on the charts, with Phil., Chris and Kram on board, along with Nic Cester (Jet), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Davey Lane (You Am I/The Pictures) and Pat Bourke (Dallas Crane).
“I adore The Easybeats,” Phil says. “The tunes, the look, the sound. It gets me. I’m equal parts nervous, excited and daunted by taking on these huge songs live. It is going to be one hell of a show.”
“The Easybeats have loomed so large in my imagination since I first heard them age 8,” Tim Rogers continues, “their aggression and finesse, the sexuality and cheek has been a template for any band I’ve been involved in.
“When the band’s music became more personal a few years back those songs I will defend til death. My brothers and I will revel in the opportunity to bash and pash the living hell outta these beautiful tunes.’’
“The Australian rock’n’roll landscape would look very different without the contribution of the Easybeats,” adds Chris Cheney. “The energy and electricity of those old black and white TV performances have always been a source of Inspiration to me. I get goosebumps thinking about it.
“They are one of the most influential Aussie bands ever and rightly bloody so. The combined musical brilliance of that band and the songwriting skills means their tunes are absolutely timeless.”
Too right. Tickets go on sale at 9am Monday July 31, and you can check out the dates below.