Angry’s Aussie rock stands test of time

FUN-FILLED PERFORMANCE: Australian rock music icon Angry Anderson will perform at the Hotel Crown in Victor Harbor with other music legends for the Blood Sweat and Beers show on July 29.

FUN-FILLED PERFORMANCE: Australian rock music icon Angry Anderson will perform at the Hotel Crown in Victor Harbor with other music legends for the Blood Sweat and Beers show on July 29.

VICTOR HARBOR – Keep on your toes, folks – Angry Anderson will be back to cause mischief on the Fleurieu at the end of the month.

Rumour has it he is returning with the Blood Sweat and Beers show, which sees him performing with other legendary Aussie rock musicians.

“We’ve learned not to take rumour as gospel but in this case you can,” Anderson said, speaking with The Times.

“I was barred for many years but that’s okay, apparently they’re letting me back.”

With Blood Sweat and Beers, Anderson is joined by Mark Evans (AC/DC), Dai Pritchard (Rose Tattoo), Grant Walmsley (Screaming Jets), Jim Hilbun (The Angels), and Greg Aldridge (Rose Tattoo).

The group will be performing at the Hotel Crown for a “disgustingly good” show.

“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 said.

Blood Sweat and Beers is borne of a story of the same name, written by one of Australia’s best known rock writers Murray Engleheart, which tells of Australian rock music from the late 1960s.

Engleheart himself said it was an honour to not only have the book written and published, but for something live to come out of it.

“Having that title adopted by a legendary bunch of blokes for a national tour that will see them blast out some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll ever made – scripts don’t come no better than that,” he said. 

The performers have played to millions of people, had dozens of hit singles in the ARIA charts, sold millions of albums, and have been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

They have joined forces for Blood Sweat and Beers, which sees them performing the music of their original band to crowds of all ages.

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

“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.”

He said he was looking forward to performing for an enthusiastic crowd.

“We’ve got people that come out that might only come out two or three times a year – they’ve got to have babysitters or whatever – but 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 – we call them ‘kids’ affectionately – people in their teens and early twenties 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.”

Anderson encouraged locals to make the most of having such talent in the area.

“It’s kind of like most great experiences in life – if you pass it up, it may not be there next time,” he said.

“If you want to have a great time, if you want to hear some great songs by an amazing band, get down there, bring your dancing shoes, be prepared to sing and dance your heart out for two-and-a-half hours to some of the best rock ‘n’ roll you’ll ever experience in your whole life.”

The show will be held on Saturday, July 29 at the Hotel Crown. Tickets are available at www.trybooking.com