Choirboys hit 'Horse
AN IPSWICH venue that so often pays homage to the rocking pub days of a bygone era is preparing itself to play host to a staple of that great era of Aussie music.
Boasting three out of their four founding members, plus the lead guitarist who has been there since the the chart-topping mid-80s period, The Choirboys are about to embark on a national tour, celebrating good old Aussie pub rock.
Days out from the first show of the tour, lead singer and guitarist Mark Gable said the band was hyped up to perform their greatest hits of the last 40 years.
"We started playing together in about '76, so it is more than 40 years now, which is just incredible," he said.
"The pub rock days were the halcyon days of Australian rock 'n roll. The great bands like AC/DC, The Angels and Cold Chisel came through the pubs.
"It was this brief moment in time that cannot be repeated, where Australia was the most prolific music-making country in the world.
"The Choirboys are babies of that time and this tour is all about celebrating how we started."
For the past seven years, Choirboys have been recording every live show capturing their classic songs including Run to Paradise, Never Gonna Die and Boys will be Boys.
The album Pub Rock Live was released in September and features 14 Choirboys classics.
Gable and his mates Ian Hulme, Lindsay Tebbutt and Brett Williams formed Choirboys in the 70's on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Recently departed Easybeats legend George Young was the man who phoned Gable in the late '70s after hearing some early Choirboys demos.
"I still remember that phone call," Gable said.
"That was the beginning of a eight-year relationship with George and Albert Records. To work so closely with someone I admired so much was unreal.
"It's a bloody drag that he's gone. If there was no George, there would have been no Choirboys."
Despite undergoing dozens of personnel changes over the years, Gable and founding bassist Ian Hulme have been there all along and have had original drummer Tebbutt and lead guitarist Williams on board for the last seven years.
Gable said having familiar faces on the tour was a key to finding that old magic.
The Choirboys have visited Ipswich several times over the last five decades, but have not been in town since the late 90s or early 2000s (Gable can't quite remember which, but he did recall some rather wild times here which he insisted he could not be quoted on).
"Coming back and playing our old songs, it makes you realise just how much that stuff was made to be played by young people," Gable joked.
"It is so fast."
The Choirboys will perform at the Racehorse Hotel, Booval, on November 25.
Tickets are available through the venue.