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Interview with Dave Faulker from the Hoodoo Gurus

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Doing the Hoodoo that the Gurus know so well

The legendary Hoodoo Gurus will make their Bluesfest debut next Easter. By any measure, they are one of Australia’s greatest, best-loved, most enduring rock bands of all time. With tracks like ‘What’s My Scene?’, ‘I Want You Back’, ‘Miss Freelove ‘69’, ‘Like Wow – Wipeout!’ and ‘1,000 Miles Away’ as the tip of the Gurus’ iceberg, they have remained one of the most popular and successful musical acts Australia has ever produced.  

Seven had a chat to frontman Dave Faulker in the midst of last week’s rain…

The Hoodoo Gurus will, of course, be playing old favs but they have new songs for us as well with their new release Chariots Of The Gods coming out this Friday, and Faulkner is pretty happy about that. ‘We’ve got a new album which we spent the last few years making. That’s been keeping us happily occupied during the enforced lockdowns.’

Faulkner says that the Bluesfest show will be a collection of now and then. ‘We will play a bunch of new songs and things that appeal to us from the old days. This show is actually going to be a longer set so we have more room for other songs as well. So we’re going to mix it up quite a bit’. 

Faulkner says that, as ever, he is loving being a musician. ‘I always do, you know, I just love music. I’m very grateful to be able to still do it – all these years, that’s incredible. I think music is essential to life. It’s one of the great, great things; it’s not a luxury to me, to me [it’s clear] that it’s a complete necessity. And I think the fact that people have been so deprived of live music for so long has been, in some ways, quite instructional. People have really realised how much they miss it. Music takes you out of yourself, but it gives us all a common kind of bond. And I love it.’

The Hoodoo Gurus will play Bluesfest on Good Friday. Visit: bluesfest.com.au.


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