by Al Williams
Andrew Fagan is on the phone from Auckland.
It’s bright and early on Saturday morning in the city of sails as he gears up for a reunion tour with his former band The Mockers.
Fagan is no stranger to Timaru having played here a couple of times in the last two years.
However, Timaru is not on the schedule this time around as the recently reformed band prepares for a seven-date national tour including stops in Dunedin and Nelson.
He says the band would love to play Timaru.
“For sure, if we can fit it in.”
I ask him how the reunion came about.
“We were asked to play a beer festival in Christchurch . . . so we thought why not?”
It has been a long time between performances – the last time the band played together was in 1987.
Known for the hits Forever Tuesday Morning, Swear It’s True, One Black Friday and My Girl Thinks She’s Cleopatra, the band will travel from around the country and across the world to reform. The line-up is singer Fagan, guitarist Brett Adams, bassist Geoff Hayden and keyboardist Tim Wedde. They will be joined by Phoenix Foundation drummer Chris Aleconner.
They will be joined by Phoenix Foundation drummer Chris Aleconner.
The Mockers will honour Steve Thorpe, the band’s original drummer, who died in 1986.
“Geoff’s been in London since 1988 – he drives a cab there at the moment. Tim, the keyboard player, is in Australia – he plays in bands there; Brett, the guitarist, plays with Tim Finn and his own band The Bads, and I play with my band, Fagan And The People,” Fagan said.
The Mockers stopped playing together because “we got bored with constantly touring New Zealand and couldn’t agree on which country to go and live in”.
“Steve Thorpe was a great guy, real fun to have in a band.
“It’s a pity he’s not around to be a part of this. I’m sure he would have enjoyed revisiting those Mockers songs and found it highly amusing.”