Star Scene: Dave Gleeson from the Screaming Jets

Dave Gleeson’s scene is Rock N’ Roll. It’s also his footy, his kids and his missus. He states “I guess my scene is to make sure that I enjoy what I’m doing and make sure that other people enjoy it too. Make sure that I’m not a drain on people. “

The Screaming Jets front man is chuffed about the brand new album. “I got a copy the other day, I’ve listened to it a few times. Very excited. It’s the best album we’ve done in a decade, that’s for sure. “ This album was created with legendary producer Steve James. “He worked on our first two albums and our seventh album. Then we did an EP with him in 2000, so he’s kind of been a bit of a constant to our career. We just wanted to do a whole project with him and we’re lucky that we did cause it just sounds awesome. “

[pullquote]I have absolutely no faith in the people that progam radio in this country any more. They’re too scared they’ll get sacked for something[/pullquote] “It’s the first album that we’ve worked on as this unit, so it’s very exciting. And as I said we’ve listend to it now and it’s ticking all the boxes for us personally, we’re very happy with it.”

The album doesn’t yet have a name, “but there’s a couple of songs that we’d love to release as singles. It’s very hard out there when you’re a band that’s been around as long as we have to get a record on the radio – to have stations interested in playing it. They want to play the latest Idol or something like that. So as much as we’d love to release a single, I wouldn’t trust radio programmers as far as I could throw them. “

He continues “it’s certainly sad that all these bands with pedigree and a lot of stations, especially classic rock stations – ones that have built their reputation and built their radio station and their listenership on bands like us and the Angels and ACDC and Cold Chisel. You bring out a single and they won’t even play it. It’s like sometimes you go in and do an interview at the readio about the new record, talk about the new songs, and they’ll say “thanks for coming in, here’s “Better” by the Screaming Jets”. I have absolutely no faith in the people that progam radio in this country any more. They’re too scared they’ll get sacked for something [laughs]”.

And there’s really no TV any more either. “That’s right, just about every time we released a single we’d go on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Rage used to play a lot of good music, but the music there’s programmed by bearded hipsters every week that play the worst music I’ve ever heard.”

The Jets are about to go back on the road with 30 dates around Australia. “Back in the day, we’ve got t-shirts that have got 45 dates in about 2 months, so it looks like a lot of dates. The way we used to tour, we would’ve done 36 dates in 6 weeks. It’s much easier now that it used to be. You leave on a Friday and back on a Sunday rather than being away or 4 or 5 weeks at a stint. It means I can get home and do my parenting duties and kind of live a normal life before I head back out on the road on Friday. It used to be crazy, Monday and Tuesday nights, you’d play up wherever you were and spend a lot of money, so now it’s much more normal. “

[pullquote]No rest for the wicked [/pullquote]Gleeson is also singing with The Angels. Are the Angels going on hiatus while the Jets are on the road? “When I go back to the Jets John & Rick Brewster go back to the Brewster Brothers which consists of all the guys in The Angels except me [laughs]. They’ve got their own stuff going on, so I’m not putting them out of work.”

The Jets lineup has stayed consistent for 7 years now. “My friend Paul (Woseen – bass guitar, backing vocals) has been in since day one. Jimi Hocking – he was our guitarist from 93-97 and he’s back with us now. Scotty Kingman (guitar) has been with us for 7 years and Mikel’s (“The Slayer” Sayers – drums) been with us for 10 years. So we’ve been the same unit for 7 years. It’s proabably the longest that we’ve had a lineup stay together. It’s good and obviously with the time you spend together you get better and better at it. “

He’s looking forward to getting out around Australia. “Especially North Queensland, haven’t been there for about 5 years. Cairns and Townsville and all that stuff. Adelaide and Newcastle are hometown gigs now and the Corner Hotel in Victoria is always a fantastic venue. We’ve been very lucky that some of the great iconic venues of the country still exist and we get to play there. “

There isn’t much downtime after the tour. “I finish with the Jets on the 20th of December and start with the Angels again on the 2nd of January. So I’ve got those 12 or 13 days off, then I go off with the Angels to do the Red Hot Summer tour around Victoria and New South Wales.”

“No rest for the wicked.”


Friday 2nd October 2015 | 7.30pm
Yamba Bowling Club, YAMBA NSW
44 Wooli St, YAMBA NSW | (02) 6646 2305

Saturday 3rd October 2015 | 7.30pm
North Haven Bowling Club, NORTH HAVEN NSW
1 Woodford Road, NORTH HAVEN NSW | (02) 6559 9150

Sunday 4th October 2015 | 7.30pm
12 Bridge Street, MUSWELLBROOK NSW | (02) 6543 1070

Friday 9th October 2015 | 7.30pm
93 Auburn Street, GOULBURN NSW | (02) 4821 1155

Saturday 10th October 2015 | 7.30pm
Kinross Woolshed, THURGOONA NSW
5 Kinross Crt, THURGOONA NSW | (02) 6043 1155

Friday 16th October 2015 | 7.30pm
Brothers Leagues Club, CAIRNS QLD
99-105 Anderson Street, MANUNDA QLD | (07) 4053 1053

Saturday 17th October 2015 | 7.30pm
719 Flinders Street, TOWNSVILLE QLD | (07) 4724 2800

Sunday 18th October 2015 | 7.30pm
Fairview Tavern, FARLEIGH QLD
22 Chidlow Street, FARLEIGH QLD | (07) 4959 8126

Thursday 22nd October 2015 | 7.30pm
Beach House Hotel, SCARNESS QLD
344 The Esplanade, SCARNESS QLD | (07) 4196 9366

Friday 23rd October 2015 | 7.30pm
Acacia Ridge Hotel, ACACIA RIDGE QLD
1386 Beaudesert Road, ACACIA RIDGE QLD | (07) 3275 1444

Saturday 24th October 2015 | 7.30pm
Racehorse Hotel, BOOVAL QLD
215 Brisbane Road, BOOVAL QLD | (07) 3282 1222

Sunday 25th October 2015 | 2pm
Aussie World, PALMVIEW QLD
73 Frizzo Road [Bruce Hwy], PALMVIEW QLD | (07) 5494 5444

Friday 30th October 2015 | 7.30pm
Terrey Hills Tavern, TERREY HILLS NSW
2 Aumuna Road, TERREY HILLS NSW | (02) 9486 3343

Saturday 31st October 2015 | 7.30pm
55 Sherbrooke Street, ROOTY HILL NSW | (02) 9625 5500

Friday 6th November 2015 | 7.30pm
Cnr Merriville & Windsor Roads, KELLYVILLE RIDGE NSW | (02) 9629 1130

Saturday 7th November 2015 | 7.30pm
Entrance Leagues Club, BATEAU BAY NSW
3 Bay Village Road, BATEAU BAY NSW | (02) 4334 3233

Friday 13th November 2015 | 7.30pm
114 Rankin Street, BATHURST NSW | (02) 6333 2999

Saturday 14th November 2015 | 7.30pm
Mudgee Soldiers Club, MUDGEE NSW
99 Mortimer Street, MUDGEE NSW | (02) 6372 1922

Friday 20th November 2015 | 7.30pm
Metro Theatre, SYDNEY NSW
624 George Street, SYDNEY NSW | (02) 9550 3666

Saturday 21st November 2015 | 7.30pm
82-86 Lurline Street, KATOOMBA NSW | (02) 4782 2624

Friday 27th November 2015 | 7.30pm
170 Russell, MEBOURNE VIC
170 Russell Street, MELBOURNE VIC | (03) 9639 4000

Saturday 28th November 2015 | 7.30pm
Doncaster Shopping Hotel, DONCASTER VIC
19 Williamsons Road, DONCASTER VIC | (03) 9848 6811

Thursday 3rd December 2015 | 7.30pm
Prince of Wales, BUNBURY WA
41 Stephen Street, BUNBURY WA | (08) 9721 2016

Friday 4th December 2015 | 7.30pm
Settler’s Tavern, MARGARET RIVER WA
114 Bussell Hwy, MARGARET RIVER WA | (08) 9757 2398

Saturday 5th December 2015 | 7.30pm
The Charles Hotel, NORTH PERTH WA
509 Charles Street, NORTH PERTH WA | (08) 9444 1051

Sunday 6th December 2015 | 7.30pm
Ravenswood Hotel, RAVENSWOOD WA
Lot 65 Lloyd Ave, RAVENSWOOD WA | (08) 9537 6054

Friday 11th December 2015 | 7.30pm
59 Port Road, HINDMARSH SA | (08) 8340 0744 |

Saturday 12th December 2015 | 7.30pm
59 Port Road, HINDMARSH SA | (08) 8340 0744 |

Friday 18th December 2015 | 7.30pm
Taren Point Hotel, TAREN POINT NSW
105 Parraweena Road, TAREN POINT NSW | (02) 9525 2879

Saturday 19th December 2015 | 7.30pm
Cambridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE NSW
789 Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE NSW | (02) 4962 2459

Sunday 20th December 2015 | 7.30pm
Cambridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE NSW
789 Hunter Street, NEWCASTLE NSW | (02) 4962 2459
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