Hoodoo Gurus's Dave Faulkner could move to Wollongong

ROCK LEGEND: Dave Faulkner of the Hoodoo Gurus playing outside Bondi Pavilion in 2016. Picture: Louise Kennerley
ROCK LEGEND: Dave Faulkner of the Hoodoo Gurus playing outside Bondi Pavilion in 2016. Picture: Louise Kennerley

Australian music legend Dave Faulkner could be “pulling up stumps” and moving to Wollongong.

The Hoodoo Gurus rocker was speaking to the Illawarra Mercury ahead of the band’s first concert in the region in more than five years.

Faulkner, 59, thinks the Illawarra arts scene is thriving and has potential to be his new home.

“I have a lot of good friends that live down there, I’ve always enjoyed playing in Wollongong and I actually think it’s a good place to move,” he said.

“I’m hearing a lot of people are moving to Wollongong because it’s a good music scene there, like little bars that are springing up and cafes, and it seems like it’s getting a bit of a healthy thing going on.

“Maybe I should pull up stumps and come on down.”

Whether he’ll follow through or not is another question, though the Gurus will be visiting for a co-headline gig with You Am I at Waves in Towradgi on July 22.

Aside from solo shows, Faulkner admits he can’t remember the last time the band played in the area (he thought maybe six or even 10 years) but is looking forward to the traditional pub gig vibe as they mostly do larger festivals these days.

“We’re a little bit choosy,” Faulkner laughed.

“But it’s been nice to have this one come along. This is actually like a bit more of a traditional pub tour for us, so we don’t do that very often so should be fun.”

The group has been getting a lot of love lately on the touring circuit, along with many other musicians who were at the height of their fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s booked for concerts like A Day On The Green.

The group, famous for songs like “Miss Free Love” and “What’s My Scene”, were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 with the announcement stating the Gurus were one of Australia’s most "inventive, lyrically smart and exciting" bands.

When Faulkner’s not entertaining fans that are trying to relive their youth, he is also kept busy with side projects, writing for a weekly newspaper as a music critic and is the director of the Australian Music Prize.

He is also keen to have a crack at writing for the stage.

“I’ve also got my long held ambition to write musical theatre stuff ... so to get other people to sing my songs instead of me,” he said.

“My cousin’s a playwright who has a new original sotry, and a couple of other people that are screen writers I’m working with on an adaptation of a fairly well known Australian book.”

The Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I, Saturday July 22, Waves in Towradgi.

For more information or tickets visit: www.moshtix.com.au