LEGENDARY Aussie rockers Icehouse are hitting the road, proving that even though they might be getting on, they can still rock. Their tour, to complement their recent live album release, In Concert, will stop in at the Sandstone Point Hotel for one night only.
Frontman of the iconic Australian outfit Iva Davies said that after re-forming six years ago for Sound Relief, the band members decided to revive their touring days.
"We hadn't played for 16 years, and so out of that came the idea that we would play select shows again," Davies said.
"I said to our old tour manager from the mid-'80s (now the general manager of one of the top audio production companies in the country) that I wanted the very best technicians that I could get, and he put together a team of guys and we sort of stuck together.
"It was suggested that we should record a couple of shows to document this period. I'm glad we hadn't put out a live album before, because there's no doubt that the band is sounding the best we've ever sounded."
With more than 100 recordings, it was up to bass player Steve Ball to sift pick out the gold.
"With the exception that we have handpicked the best moments of seven concerts, it is incredibly faithful documentation of our music and one of very high standard. I'm actually very proud of it," Davies said.
Although their 2013 album, DubHOUSE, was a reggae re-imagining of their hits spanning the past 35 years, their upcoming tour will feature mostly their classic versions.
"There is an exception to that which is reflected on the new double CD, because in this particular set I decided at a certain point to break the show down so it was just me and an acoustic guitar.
"From that point on, the guys started rejoining me with acoustic instruments, and we ended up doing a little set in the middle of the electric set. So those versions - for example, Street Café - there are just three of us and acoustic guitars. They're quite different versions than the original classic version," Davies said.
"Anybody that listens to this double CD will get a showcase of what we will be playing when we go
Icehouse is playing at Sandstone Point Hotel on January 30 with The Whitlams and Diesel supporting.
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