A happy coincidence of scheduling meant that my drive south crossed paths with the northward journey of punk rockers Joey Cape and Tony Sly (of Lagwagon and No Use For A Name, respectively). It seems to be a trend at the moment for ageing punk stars to take their acoustic guitars on the road, which has made for some fun gigs of late.
The gig was in Newcastle, which I explored for a while after arriving in the afternoon. It’s a town that seems a bit empty and gloomy, mainly in the central areas – a mix of old and new architecture in drab greys and browns. That didn’t stop a vocal crowd gathering at the Cambridge Hotel to sing along with Joey and Tony. They played for two and a half hours, chatting with the audience between songs and generally being killer dudes.
Now if only Dallas Green would come to Australia and do the same!