AFTER more than two decades and hundreds of gigs, Border band Ledd Asprin is calling it a day.
The five-piece cover band formed in 1997 and their shows have been witnessed by thousands of punters at dozens of venues.
Bassist Graeme Linquist said the 21 years of shows had “been a lot of fun” but as the members edge closer to the age of 50, it was time for a change.
“It’s been a good run and it’s finally time,” he said.
“A lot of people would have seen us live.
“We’ve got a good following around the joint.
“Albury’s been our home and we thought we’d do our final show at the SS&A.
“It’s now the premier venue for live music.”
Mr Linquist and singer Jason Parker are the two original members of the group, but guitarist Phil Hogan joined soon after the band formed.
Brendan Damico and John Del Valle have also been long-term members.
Mr Linquist said some the band started as Dazed and Confused, which splintered off into different acts, before rejoining as Ledd Asprin in May 1997.
There have been 14 people perform under the name, some of whom plan to head to Saturday’s show and take to the stage.
Mr Liquist said the local music scene had changed a lot since over the years, particularly as venues moved to install poker machines.
“Back when we started there were many, many venues,” he said.
“I certainly think in the early 2000s the change was noticeable with the pokies.
“But it’s still a very healthy music scene, for sure.
“There are plenty of good musos coming out of this area.”
Band members, who play covers of classic rock bands including the Doors, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, will continue with other groups.
“I think everyone’s comfortable with it,” Mr Linquist said of the long-running decision to finally wrap up.
“We just wanted to do it on our own terms and it’s just time.
“It’s been a lot of fun.”
Mr Linquist is hoping to get “as many people as possible” to the final gig, which will be supported by Melbourne act Ablaze.
The show will start about 9pm, with free entry to the venue.
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