Legendary Aussie rock band The Angels are gearing up for their 2017 4x4 Across Australia tour.
The band will be digging through their back catalogue to pick some of their biggest hits for the special run of shows kicking off in March.
The 4x4 concept will see the band hand-pick four of their most iconic records for each show, and play back-to-back, four hits from each record.
For rhythm guitarist John Brewster, the 4x4 concept is about exploring more than four decades of great rock songs from the band’s archives.
“Each of our albums have a distinct sound and atmosphere that differs from the others,” he said.
“It’s great to enter and embrace the feeling of these albums. We always like to have an angle that works for the fans and the band too.”
Lead guitarist Rick Brewster said while there will be a certain number of planned songs for each show, some tracks will be decided on the night.
“There will be no two nights that are the same,” he said.
“The old rule will apply; something old, something new, and something blue.”
Having recently wrapped up a massive sell-out run of shows on their 2016 Hardwired tour, the band are now getting together to decide what songs should be part of the new concert series.
Brewster said the band will take into consideration audience feedback from previous shows, as well as fan suggestions.
“It is an opportunity to explore some of the songs that get requests but don’t always make it onto set lists,” he said.
“Our audiences leave the venues with big smiles, as do we.
“There are always songs that people would have liked to hear, and also songs that we would like to play. The 4x4 tour gives us an opportunity to add some rarities, including a special hit-packed encore in the show.”
He said Can’t Shake It is a great song for the encore.
“It gives the band a chance to stretch out. There’ll be a couple of surprises in the encore too,” Brewster said.
The band will perform new songs and their classic back catalogue of tracks such as Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, No Secrets, Face The Day, Take A Long Line, Marseilles and Shadowboxer to name a few.
For Rick, the band’s longevity all stems in classic Aussie rock. “It is all about the songs,” he said. “Long Way To The Top, Eagle Rock... they are all as relevant today as they were when first released.”
- 8pm, March 17 at the Australian Brewery and Hotel, 350 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill. Tickets: $40. To book: australianbrewery.com.au.