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