Aussie rock: Look out, it’s rough and mean

IF YOU WANT TO ROCK AND ROLL: The all star line-up of Blood, Sweat and Beers - The Concert rocks the Border this weekend.
IF YOU WANT TO ROCK AND ROLL: The all star line-up of Blood, Sweat and Beers - The Concert rocks the Border this weekend.

Fans will relive the glory days of Aussie pub rock when Blood, Sweat and Beers – The Concert returns the Border.

The supergroup concert features Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), Mark Evans (AC/DC), Dai Pritchard (Rose Tattoo), Grant Walmsley (The Screaming Jets), Jim Hilbun (The Angels) and Greg Aldridge (drums) and will play at Albury’s SS and A Club Friday and Club Mulwala on Saturday, August 12.

“It’s one of the most fun things any of us have done in many, many years, and in a real sense it takes us back nostalgically to our glory days so to speak, when these songs were first brought out and first made into the giant hits that they all became,” Anderson recently told Fairfax Media.

“It’s two-and-a-half hours of hits. It’s as much fun as you can have standing up.

“The good thing about it is, these songs became hits for a reason, they were all great dance songs with all great choruses to sing, they’re some of the best rock ‘n’ roll that’s ever been recorded in the country.

“We play them better than anybody else that’s out there doing the same sort of thing because, apart from the fact that we’re all authentic members of the bands’ music that we represent, some of the greatest rock players in the country are actually in this lineup.”

The band and tour is based on Murray Engleheart’s book, Blood, Sweat and Beers – Oz rock from The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo.

The concert, a four-part show over two hours, features the cream of rock n roll outfits all boasting dozens of hit singles, millions of albums sold and ARIA Hall of Fame members.

They perform Bon Scott-era classic AC/DC songs bettered only by AC/DC themselves, a set of The Angels favourites and Screaming Jets hits, and close with a blistering set of Ross Tattoo classics.

“We’ve got people that were around in the early days when these songs were first made hits by our original bands, and we’ve got people that have followed us all the way through,” he said.

“Now we’re getting … people in their teens and early 20s locked onto the music through their mum and dad’s collections and influences, or they’ve just discovered the music by Googling or Wikipedia or other avenues. 

“They love the music, as young people that were not even born when the music was first out. They love it just as much as the people that originally made them hits.

“They’re still dancing at the end of the night and they’re grinning all over their faces, they sing every song. It’s a very joyous experience and it’s just what rock ‘n’ roll’s all about.”

The Lowdown

What: Blood, Sweat and Beers Concert

When: August 11, SS&A Club Albury. August 12, Mulwala Ski Club

Tickets: free