Sunnyboys Return After 14-Year Hiatus
News posted Monday, April 23 2012 at 11:00 AM.
Related: Sunnyboys, Hoodoo Gurus, Dig It Up.
After a 14-year absence, Sydney’s legendary The Sunnyboys returned to the stage in emphatic style yesterday (April 22).
Billed as “Kids In Dust”, the four-piece were the not-so secret act at the Sydney leg of the Dig It Up! Hoodoo Gurus’ invitational at The Enmore Theatre. The band’s original line-up – Jeremy and Peter Oxley, Bill Bilson and Richard Burgman – elicited one of the biggest responses of the day, performing classics such as ‘Tunnel of Love’, ‘Happy Man’, ‘Let You Go’, ‘My Only Friend’, ‘What You Need’, ‘Liar’, ‘Show Me Some Discipline’ and ‘I'm Shakin’. They closed with their 1981 hit ‘Alone With You’.
While the band were in fine form – Oxley’s voice sounded as good as it did back in the early days, and his guitar playing was wiry, but precise – there was no indication this gig was any more than a one-off. The only banter came from guitarist Richard Burgman, who quipped to drummer Bill Bilson. “We don’t sound bad given we only had a 10-minute rehearsal, do we Bill?”
The original incarnation of The Sunnyboys last performed in 1984, however, the band reunited with Tim Oxley on guitar for the Mushroom 25 concert anniversary series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1998. Kids In Dust was "a name the band used to play some incognito gigs in Sydney when they were testing out new material".
Dig It Up! heads to Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth this week. Dates and details here. Full Sydney report soon.
(Photos by Chris Turner)