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Skyhooks with Ross Wilson. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Skyhooks with Ross Wilson. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Skyhooks Reunite For Rockwiz Live

by Paul Cashmere on October 9, 2015

in Live,News

Rockwiz pulled off the impossible last night getting Skyhooks to reform for a one-off performance.

The show may have been all about Rockwiz but all eyes were on Skyhooks when Bob ‘Bongo’ Starkie, Red Symons, Greg Macainish and Freddie Strauks reformed publicly for the first time in over a decade.

Greg Macainsh and Bob Bongo Starkie, Skyhooks. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

The last time Bob, Red, Greg and Freddie played as Skyhooks was in October 2004 when they reformed for a low-key gig at Pint On Punt in Melbourne to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘Living In The 70s’.

Red Symons, Skyhooks. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

All four members were also together for Greg Macainish’s 60th birthday party at the Caravan Club in Melbourne in 2010. They were all together for a performance of ‘Balwyn Calling’ at that party but Red was on backing vocals and did not play guitar. It was a gathering of friends, not a reunion.

Skyhooks with Ross Wilson performed at the Rockwiz Live show at the Palais in Melbourne on Thursday 8 October 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Ross Wilson did vocals for the Rockwiz Live show. Ross produced for first three Skyhooks albums and also performed with the band when they reunited for Shirley Strachan’s memorial service in 2001, at the very same place, Melbourne’s Palais Theatre.

Skyhooks with Ross Wilson. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Last night’s performance was a belated 40th anniversary nod to the release of ‘Living In The 70s’ and a prelude to the release of the 3-disc set ‘Don’t You Believe What You’ve Seen Or You’ve Heard’, to be released October 30 through Warner Music.

Skyhooks performed:

Horror Movie
Balwyn Calling
All My Friends Are Getting Married

Rockwiz Live will return to The Palais, St Kilda tonight … without Skyhooks.


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