Old-school band Sweaty Palms still rocking after 30 years
LIVE performance is the key to Chris Webbe and Sweaty Palms' success.
Since 1980, Sweaty Palms has been rocking hard around Australia, playing old-school rock, blues and country.
Although the band has undergone changes, Webbe has continued to tour with a talented group that now includes his son, who has stepped into his dad's shoes as a talented musician.
With 30 years of musical experience, Webbe said his first band started at school in 1974.
Unknown to him at the time, this band was the first of many experiences that would set him up for a full career in what he loves most - entertaining.
"I've lived long enough to become a parody of myself," Webbe said.
His first band, Bo Drummel at Mentone Grammar, played everything from Pink Floyd to Chuck Berry and Suzi Quatro.
From there he has continued to make his own rock style a living dream.
"Performing music live for me is like going to church or something," Webbe said.
"A live performance, whether it's to five or 5000 people, can give you the same satisfaction."
Webbe wrote the Summernats song 20 years ago, which became the anthem for Australia's biggest car show.
He is performing with his son, Noah, 19, and musician Brett Newman, and said Sweaty Palms was looking forward to heading to Gladstone to perform some pub rock with original drummer Tommy Powell.
"We find ourselves playing a lot of country rock and blues," he said.
Sweaty Palms will perform at The Grand on Friday, December 14 from 8.30pm.