“Meet me down by the jetty landing. Where the pontoons bump and spray. I see the others reading, standing. As the Manly Ferry cuts its way to Circular Quay”. You cannot get more Australia than the opening lines of ‘Reckless’.
The Australian Crawl classic was recorded in Sydney at Rhinoceros Studios and released in 1983. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the song and songwriter James Reyne will wrap his next tour around it.
In a statement James said, “This year, 2018, so I am told, marks the fact that the song “Reckless” was released 35 years ago; and far be it for us to let this way-post slip by unheralded, so we’ve decided to mount a tour of our very favourite theatres throughout the land to showcase it and many and all of the songs that happily seem to mean something to so many of you wonderful and supportive folk, and that also mean something to us.
“How certain songs take on a life of their own is beyond me, and “Reckless’ (and others) seems to have. Is it in the stars? Is it just a fluke of nature? Is it destiny pre-ordained? Fate? Providence? Karma? Kismet’s plaything? For a song that, from memory, seemed to take a very short time to write and that I never quite knew of what it spoke or meant, (except that it has a vague theme of “aloneness”, and that we should be taking guns right out of the hands of idiots) and that I was always planning on “sorting out” the lyrics so that they hung together – but through nothing but abject laziness never got around to doing – it has certainly served me well and I’m forever grateful for that.
“So mark the dates. It’s going to be a fun and hit-filled night with the full six-piece band locked and loaded to thrill you, chill you, skill you and fill you with rock and roll joy and delight!”
James Reyne tour dates
Saturday 13 October, Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 2 November & Saturday 3 November, Astor Theatre, Perth
Saturday 24 November, Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Friday 30 November & Saturday 1 December, The Tivoli, Brisbane