by Greta Yeoman
The Feelers are back in town – with 25 years of hits behind them.
The Kiwi band, consisting of founding members guitarist/lead vocalist James Reid and drummer Hamish Gee, along with long-time bass player Clinton Harris (Opshop) and guitarist Andy Lynch (Zed), will play at the Caroline Bay Hall on Saturday as part of their 25th anniversary tour.
Gee said the band was looking forward to “kicking off” their tour in South Canterbury, as he grew up in Ashburton and Reid went to school in Waihi.
He said the set list would be a mix of old and new songs, but after declaring “this is from our new album” during several recent shows, he had realised quite a bit of time had passed since they had released their most-recent album, 2011’s Hope Nature Forgives
But he reassured that all the classics – including Pressure Man, Venus and Stand Up – would make the set list.
“We get into trouble if we don’t [play them].
“There’s all these songs that mean different things to different people.”
He also hoped to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Supersystem, by playing “quite a lot of songs” from the best-selling record.
Gee said audiences should expect a “high-energy show”, despite the fact the band had been performing for 25 years.
And he pointed out the members were only in their early 40s – a sign of how young they had been when the band started.