Some musicians milk the “last ever tour” for all it’s worth but at least Kevin Bloody Wilson takes a more honest approach with The Second of the Final Farewell Tours… Perhaps.
Wilson's candor is refreshing given John Farnham came out of retirement several times after his The Last Time tour in 2002.
“This is my second farewell tour, I’ve already done my first one,” Wilson says.
“There’ll probably be a third and a fourth as well.
“Then I’ll do the comebacks, I’ll have myself diagnosed as bipolar and then perhaps do a reunion tour after that.
“I’m basically going to out-Farnham Farhnam with my comeback tours.”
Wilson will bring his show to the SS&A Club on August 20, with opening tune DILLIGAF to set the mood for the night.
He says there’s no formula to this tour and it can change every night.
Wilson’s show is predominantly music with some monologues spread in-between.
He’s released almost 20 albums now, with an extensive back catalogue stretching back to 1984.
“If I have a problem with the show at all, it’s deciding what songs to leave out,” he says.
“I try to recognise anything that’s valid on the night. If it’s been pissing down rain all day, I’ll throw in a song that refers to that. If there’s a drunk in the audience, I’ve got plenty of songs to deal with that.”
This unpredictability keeps the fire in Wilson’s belly.
“I’d hate to be an actor where you’d have to go out and repeat the same lines every night, pretending your somebody else,” he says.
The tour will be a family affair, with Wilson’s daughter, Chicago-based Jenny Talia, performing as the opening act.
“She’s my support act around the world, later this year we will do six weeks in the UK,” he says.
But Wilson prefers touring regionally than in cities.
“I’m from Kalgoorlie, which is a mining town,” he says.
“I feel a lot more at ease and relaxed where there’s less traffic and constant movement.”
For Wilson, the Border is a smooth fit.
“If I’m allowed to say it, I’m particularly fond of Albury,” he says.
“It's a beautiful city, very much like Kalgoorlie, even down to some of the architecture.”
Wilson hopes to perform some songs in August which will feature his upcoming album, Kevin Bloody Wilson Rides Again.
What: Kevin Bloody Wilson
When: August 20, SS&A Club
Tickets: From $63
If there's a drunk in the audience, I've got plenty of songs to deal with thatKevin Bloody Wilson