Mondo Rock will get back together to perform their classic ‘Chemistry’ album live in June.
‘Chemistry’, released in 1981, was the second album for Mondo Rock. The album reached no. 3 on the Australian album chart and generated the hits ‘State Of The Heart’ (no. 6, 1980), ‘Cool World’ (no. 8, 1981), ‘Chemistry’ (no. 20, 1981) and ‘Summer of 81’ (no. 31, 1981).
‘State of the Heart’, written by Mondo Rock’s Eric McCusker, was also a no. 22 hit in the US in 1985 for Rick Springfield. Springfield performed the song at the historic Live Aid concert.
‘We’re No Angels’, the last song on the album and written by Ross Wilson, was covered by John Farnham in 1988 and featured on his no.1 album ‘Age OF Reason’.
The tour will mark the 33 1/3 anniversary of the release of ‘Chemistry’. A new, remastered and expanded version of the ‘Chemistry’ album will be released through Aztec Music on May 2.
The 2014 Mondo Rock line-up will feature original band members Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker, James Black and Paul Christie with The Aztecs drummer Gil Matthews playing drums.
“Getting back together with the original Chemistry era Mondo Rock members, I imagine, is like when war veterans get back together ‘you had to be there, no one else understands’ kind of thing. And then when we do re-unite, we’ll raise all kinds of musical hell,” Ross Wilson said in a statement.
Eric McCusker says, “I’m really excited about Mondo’s first national concert tour in 24 years, it’s a great line-up, terrific to have Gil Matthews drumming. Some recently unearthed live recordings with this line-up show what a fierce live band it was. We can’t wait to play the Chemistry album as a piece for the first time and we are really buzzed about the chance to play for the real fans again after all this time!”
Tickets for Mondo Rock ‘Chemistry – 33 1/3 Anniversary Tour’ will go on sale this Friday, February 21.
Mondo Rock dates
June 20, Brisbane, Eaton’s Hill Hotel
June 21, Adelaide, Thebarton Thearre
June 22, Perth, Regal Theatre
June 27, Sydney, State Theatre
June 28, Melbourne, Palais Theatre
Mondo Rock – Chemistry
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