The Apia Good Times tour is a lot like a high school reunion for the Australian greats on the lineup.
Deborah Conway and her husband and musical partner Willy Zygier join Colin Hay from Men At Work, Mental As Anything and The Black Sorrows with Vika and Linda Bull.
Each artist has had strong ties with each other for decades, like the Mentals opening for Men At Work in the US in 1983.
Conway said the tour will have a “summer camp vibe” while the “camaraderie between musicians” is wonderful to celebrate.
She said making records in the 1980s and 1990s was a special time in history because the industry has changed so vastly, mainly because of technology.
“People don’t consume music in the way that they used to … it’s not the cultural driver that it once was,” Conway said.
“It makes it more potent for the people who there at that time to enjoy that music and know it was a very special period in Australin rock scene.”
She said audience goers should feel warm and gooey inside with the set list to feature a soundtrack to people’s youth: “when they first fell in love, when they got their first car or first job”.
“Down Under” will be featured, a song Hay likes very much and never tires of.
Men At Work may have disbanded and the hit tune may have sparked a lawsuit but he said it’s been very good to him over time.
“There are many ways you can treat the song where it goes through constant rebirths,” he said.
Hay has had many high and low points in his long career and is currently working on a documentary about his life.
“Everyone has great moments and they think that’s going to be their life for the rest of their life, and often it’s not,” he said.
“Things happen, tragedies happen, you lose people and it’s really how you deal with that, how you roll with the punches and make the best of what you have.”
Both Conway and Hay are still happy making records and say while it is harder to make a dollar from music these days they have been given more creative freedom and control over the sounds they produce.
“Most of us have studios in our back rooms and it’s a very affordable thing to do and we can make really good quality sounding records that don’t cost an arm and a leg,” Conway said.
“On the flipside, people don’t buy records the way they used to - they download them they stream them.
“But in some ways it kind of makes musicians more honest too. You really have to go out and you have to play to people and convince them that what you’re doing live is authentic and something they want to take home.”
Each artist performs a solo set of their hits before joining in an extraordinary finale with all four sharing the stage.
The Apia Good Times tour rolls into Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul on June 10. For full list of tour dates visit: apiagoodtimes.com.au/