Screaming Jets ready to play new and old tunes at Gladstone
GLADSTONE fans of Aussie rockers the Screaming Jets will be the first to hear songs from their new album live.
The gig will kick off their Rock 'n' Rampage tour, which has 35 shows in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
The outspoken and old-school frontman Dave Gleeson told Pulse this week their age was far from a hindrance to their live shows.
And while they hope to highlight some tunes from their new album, Dave says they will still play their classics.
He said fans could expect a high-energy show - without a ukulele in sight.
"We're going to have two guitars, bass and drums, because that's what we think rock is made of - no uke.
"The next person I see with a beard and a uke, I'm going to bash them over the head with it.
"All this music, it's not rock. Mumford and Sons won an award for best rock album. They might have a great album but it's not the best rock album because it's got a uke," he said.
It won't be the band's first time performing in Gladstone and Dave said he was happy to get back to regional shows for this tour.
But it won't be all about the gig.
"We'll get to Gladstone a couple of days earlier to rehearse and we'll probably go out and see a couple of the sites," Dave said.
"I love fishing so I'm hoping I can get a rod and do a bit of that there. And apart from that, we'll be drinking, checking out the local water holes," he said.
The band of 25 years has cemented its songs into the realm of rock classics that have stood the test of time.
Dave said they had gone from having brothers and sisters of the band's fans at their gigs to fans' sons and daughters.
"People can say 'Why are they still going?' and it's because people still come to see us play. If we did a tour and no one turned up at our shows, we'd think, maybe we should hit this on the head now," he said.
Their album Kiss Me Between the Hangars comes out in October and was produced by Steve James, the producer of their first, second and fourth albums.
Harvey Road Tavern, Friday, September 11
Tickets $35, available over the bar