By Stuart Kavanagh
They aim to get you rocking at the Mundi Mundi Bash and with such a pool of talent to draw from, the Rolling Stones Revue shouldn’t have too much trouble setting it afire.
The group is home to some of the biggest names in Australian music.
None other than the legendary former Cruel Sea frontman Tex Perkins, You Am I lead vocalist Tim Rogers, and the inimitable Queen of Aussie rock and Magic Dirt lead singer, Adalita to form the Aussie music supergroup performing Rolling Stones hits.
Adalita took some time out of her busy schedule to chat and give us a peek behind the curtain.
“It started quite a while ago, a couple of years at least, just as COVID hit,” she says.
The group was put together by a music promoter who was a huge fan of the trio.
“He contacted each of us and of course we all said yes and we’ve kind of been on the road with it for the last year or so.
“Travelling around with mates, performing Rolling Stones songs, you couldn’t ask for a better time, really.”
Despite each of the group’s individual success, there are no huge egos in the group, as evident when we asked how they went about choosing who sings which of the Stones’ legendary tracks.
“We duke it out,” she laughed.
“Tex and Tim have been really good at marking out a couple of songs that fit my vocals really well,” she says.
The group’s Musical Director, Jak Housden, along with playing guitar for the group, also helps match the classic Stones’ tunes to the right voice.
Adalita is really looking forward to the Mundi Mundi Bash.
“It’s amazing. I’ve been to Broken Hill before, but I haven’t played there.”
Adalita and her band Magic Dirt filmed the music video for their 2005 hit I Love The Rain in the area, but she has never been to Mundi Mundi Plains, something she is also looking forward to.
“I love the desert. I’ve always loved the arid regions, so I will bring my camera along and immerse myself.”
If Adalita gets her way, she’ll have plenty of time to immerse herself. When we asked how long she planned on sticking around, her answer was emphatic. “I’ll stay as long as they’ll have me. They’ll have to kick me out.”
Fellow member of the Rolling Stones Revue supergroup, Tim Rogers, also waxed lyrical about the Mundi Mundi Bash.
“Mundi is, for a caravan devotee like me, aesthetically illuminating. Wandering around the site, looking and hearing families, loners, couples, is like a compendium of brilliant short stories. And I feel immediately grateful to be asked to participate.”
On the music side of things, Rogers is an admitted Rolling Stones nerd. He prefers to perform non single tracks like Rocks Off or Midnight Rambler.
“They feel like the party that has been going on in my head for the last 52 years,” the former You Am I frontman said.
The Rolling Stones Revue is co-main eventing Friday night at this year’s Bash, alongside former INXS and Noiseworks frontman, Jon Stevens.