By Romy Stephens
Those familiar with the Beasts of Bourbon will be pleased to hear that a new version of the band, now known as the Beasts, will come to Mount Evelyn next month.
As part of a recently-announced Australian tour, the likes of Tex Perkins, Kim Salmon, Tony Pola, Boris Sujdovic and Charlie Owen will join forces to bring their iconic Australian rock and roll sound.
After the passing of former members Brian Hooper and Spencer P Jones last year, past and present members of the Beasts of Bourbon came together and recorded an album called Still Here.
But with respect to the group’s fallen comrades, the members decided to rename the band to The Beasts.
Tex Perkins said the tour will help cement a new beginning.
“This lineup really came together in the tributing and farewelling of our departed friends,” he said.
“This (tour) is us continuing on as a rock band, as an entity in itself.
“We don’t want to be a band in mourning forever but what we are left with is a feeling of time is precious,” he said.
The group will play a collection of songs from the new album as well as a back-catalogue from the Beasts of Bourbon.
They will be joined by special guest Adalita.
Tex said it will be a great feeling to reunite with old friends on stage.
“Some of them are my oldest friends, some of them I’ve known for 35 years and to mean something to each other is something very precious,” he said.
“Even though we are going to be playing ferocious rock and roll there will be a smile on my face.”
The Beasts will perform at the York on Lilydale on 29 November.
For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page.