The Rich and Famous

The Gold Coast is set to rock out this weekend with Under the Southern Stars making its way to Broadwater Parklands headlined by the big man himself, Jimmy Barnes.

Local band The Rich and Famous will perform alongside Ian Moss, Diesel and Richard Clapton, bringing what’s sure to be a banger of a concert to the Coast.

We sat down for a chat with Jeffrey Hoad, the bands front man, on touring with rock royalty KISS and their plan for world domination.

How long have you guys been Gold Coast locals?
Long enough to remember silly cycles, the magic mountain chairlift and the mecca of all live music venues ever on the Gold Coast – THE PLAYROOM.

What do you love most about living here?
We love that we live “on the Gold Coast” as opposed to in the Gold Coast. That distinction only comes from years of experience and commitment to ever-changing road works. If I have to explain it, you wouldn’t understand. How’s that for cryptic?

How did The Rich and Famous Band come about?
Coming off the end of my previous band Kings of the Sun, The Rich and Famous was conceived as a way for us to immediately jump the queue of hard work and paying dues in the music scene. I had wasted the best years of my youth as a struggling artist in creative angst and thought deception and lies seemed to work well. Everybody is transfixed by this thing called fame so we reinvented ourselves, added a few extra credentials and have been operating illegally on seven continents ever since.

What can we expect from your performance at Under the Southern Stars?
I would say an organic musical eargasm. We play au naturale which means our music is cooked in the pot there on the stage, not prepared earlier. Add a little abominable showmanship to the mix plus the staples of colour and movement and you should leave well satisfied.

What was it like to tour with KISS?
Very surreal, they treated us well and really liked our show. Standing next to them backstage before they went on was like a fantasy movie come to life.

Tell us about the major highlights in your music career…
I have always been a rock n roll devotee and getting to record in studios like Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York and the Record Plant A&M in Santa Monica California, in the same place as many of the greats recorded their music (AC/DC, Prince, U2, Sound Garden, Blondie and Sting to name a few) seems to last longer than any live gig. It’s like Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary, you somehow feel you are part of that rare group of people even if you aren’t as well known.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
World Domination. We set out to catch and release some new fans, and then we would like to go on a world tour and make millions of dollars, which we will then give away to charity. In all seriousness, we will be recording a new album this year…all the songs are written and the riffs are down. Anyone got a studio?

Got any life advice for us?
If you learn the guitar and you keep playing, you’ll have a friend for life.

Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Beach: Miami
Cafe: The Pantry, Burleigh Heads
Restaurant: Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast – I love Japanese food.
How do your weekends usually look: I don’t make breakfast (you’ll find me at The Pantry breaking the fast), I don’t drive too far, eat, drink and be merry!

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