THIS year is the 30th anniversary of the iconic and infamous Newcastle rock band the Screaming Jets.
Some years ago, the original members split into two camps, with singer Dave Gleeson and bassist Paul Woseen on one side, and guitarists Grant Walmsley and Richie Lara, together with drummer Brad Heaney, on the other.
To mark their 30 years on the road, Gleeson and Woseen, along with guitarist Jimi Hocking and drummer Mark McCleod, are taking their “Dirty Thirty” tour around the country, starting with gigs at Wests Cardiff in early May.
But Walmsley, Heaney and Lara are also taking to the stage, bringing their JetsPlayJets show to next month’s Live at the Foreshore concert. As well as the original three, JetsPlayJets features Newcastle musos Justin Ngariki, out the front, and bassist Paul Coxon.
They will replace Australian legends the Divinyls, who were lost to the Foreshore show last week when they cancelled their national tour due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
Walmsley says he would love to see the two Jets sides bury the hatchet.
“Before we did this I wrote a letter to Dave and Paul on behalf of the three of us,” Walmsley said. “It was all positive from our end but they just ignored it.”
Walmsley is immensely proud of what the Jets achieved back in the day, and he promises their show at the March 16 concert will take the audience “on an amazing flashback to 1989”.
Now in its fifth year, Live at the Foreshore 2019 features more than a dozen acts led by Leo Sayer, Kate Cebrano and Marcia Hines.
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