James Reyne to light up tavern stage

James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl is coming to Gladstone in October.
James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl is coming to Gladstone in October. Sharyn Oneill

THE 'James Reyne Plays Australian Crawl' concept is one the singer's fans have been requesting for years.

"For many years people have been hassling me to do it," Reyne said. "So it's just me and my band playing Crawl songs."

He plays The Boys Light Up, Things Don't Seem and Downhearted - classic '80s hits that are still popular today.

Pulse caught up with Reyne ahead of his show at the Harvey Road Tavern on Wednesday, October 29. Tickets for the show are $40.

Q. Why music?

I've been a musician for as long as I have been working, since I was 18.

When I was young, I went to uni and I went to drama school. I was doing law at uni. I didn't do any work.

I suppose it's my creative outlet. I put a new album out every year and have done so for 30-something years. It keeps your mind open.

Q. What's your greatest achievement?

I am in my 50s. The fact I am still doing it in itself is something to be proud of.

I am better at what I do now. I am a better song writer.

Q. How did the band meet all those years ago?

We all knew each other from school, we had a little band at school.

Brad and I have been friends since we were eight.

Q. What's so good about touring?

Just the fact I am somewhere. If I wasn't playing music, I wouldn't be there.

I was standing at a sand dune in the middle of the desert for a gig. Generally, with things like that I will catch myself and go, "ooh".

Q. What do you do in your spare time?

Well, we have been preparing for this. I like to read and write songs. My hobby is my job.

I am always messing around with something.

Q. Have you had rough spots in your career?

If you go into showbiz, you have to go in with your eyes wide open.

There's going to be down points and you learn from it. That was why it attracts people, because you never know what's around the corner.

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