ROCKING ON: The Screaming Jets will have the Gladstone crowd screaming for more when they perform on Saturday at Harvey Road Tavern from 8pm.
ROCKING ON: The Screaming Jets will have the Gladstone crowd screaming for more when they perform on Saturday at Harvey Road Tavern from 8pm. Lisa Businovski

'Naked steaming eyes': you will be screaming for more

ICONIC Australian rock legends "having a b***h" in between performing their timeless favourites is exactly what we're in store for at the weekend.

For Screaming Jets fans, the wait to see their sweat dripping from their heads is finally over.

"We're full of energy, we get out there and explode on stage ... tell a few yarns and have a b***h," Screaming Jets frontman Dave Gleeson (Gleeso) said.

"I used to get angry on stage and spit venom if there's something that grinds my gears."

With Gleeso promising to be right "before (our) naked steaming eyes", Gladstone is in for a show, one that has not changed much during the past 20 years.

Getting plenty of sleep and not getting drunk before the show are the tips Gleeso follows in preparation before a performance.

Something he did not worry about years ago.

"We drank Jack Daniels like it was water back in the day," Gleeso said.

"I had about 10 beers before going on stage, I learned a lesson there.

"I thought I got away with it ... it's okay when you're 20 but at my age you have to show more maturity."

The frontman said they would perform a bunch of songs from their new album, including the eight or 10 songs that the audience expected them to play.

Exciting the crowds and pumping everyone up is one thing Gleeso said he enjoyed.

"If you get sick of the big cheer then it might be time to knock it on the head," he said.

Gleeso said there was a lot of fighting in the day which added to the energy and vibe of the show.

"The Jets have never existed in the music industry, we've been on the outside doing our own thing," he said.

"You do it cos you love it and be as good as you can be ... then you have confidence in what you're doing, then conviction, then people go along for the ride."

Wanting to be a band that stuck around, The Screaming Jets succeeded with three albums that peaked in the top five on Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts including All for One, Tear of Thought and The Screaming Jets.

With a rich musical upbringing, Gleeso said luck was the biggest part of the band's success.

"A band was just a good way to hang out, I was going to be a copper," he said.

"The secret is to love it and be in the position when something comes along to do it."

After having two months off, Gleeso is on tour this month, followed by a tour with The Angels later this year.

"You're on a journey you don't even realise you're on until many years later," he said.

"Obviously like every good rock star I expected that by 27 I'd be dead."

The Screaming Jets are performing at Harvey Road Tavern this Saturday from 8pm.

Tickets can be bought online at harveyroadtavern. com.au/whats_on.

Tickets will costs punters $40 for general admission.



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