Sharky and the Caddman share their stories and music
SOMETIMES the best plans are hatched over a nice bottle of red and, for two Australian rock legends, that couldn't be more true.
Following their record-breaking Sharky and the Caddman tour in 2013, Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd have done it all in music, both boasting resumes of musical achievement spanning 50 years.
From groups the Twilights, the Groop, Axiom, the Bootleg Family and Little River Band, Shorrock and Cadd share an intimate musical relationship and a friendship which will see them reunite on stage next month in Caloundra.
Cadd, who recently released Bulletproof, his first solo record in over a decade, said reuniting was made simple between the long-term friends.
"We stay in touch. Every now and then (touring) comes up and one of us says we should do a few more shows," Cadd said.
"We have a couple of good bottles of red and that's really how it happens."
The pair will be joined by Axiom members Chris Stockley and drummer Doug Lavery, and singer/guitarists Sam See and Glyn Mason, in a must-see for rock fans.
After the success of 2013, Cadd said reuniting Axiom, which spawned hits including Little Ray of Sunshine, was a no-brainer.
With songs such as Reminiscing, Ginger Man, Arkansas Grass, Cool Change, and Help is on Its Way and Don't You Know its Magic, there'll be no shortage of hits but Cadd said another aspect of the show always heightened the entertainment.
"We base our whole act on Laurel and Hardy: we have a lot of fun telling stories. We might drift off the plan but we're not scared to take it there," he said.
Poking a bit of light-hearted fun at his great mate Shorrock, who was asked to wear a wig by American label Capital Records at the height of Little River Band's international success in the 1970s, Cadd said a little-known Shorrock character wearing a wig of a different kind may pop up on stage.
"Since I've known him, he's had a propensity to dress up as character 'Superdroop', which he used to do in Axiom," Cadd said with a laugh. "He had a Superman outfit with a pillow down the front and a Superman wig."
Cadd said the lighter side of their lives always made touring a joy but fans could rest assured their music would remain the centrepiece.
He said while that's the case, fans could rest assured that he and Shorrock knew their limitations, which was a win for music and the show.
"That hour-and-a-half on stage is the most fun you can have with your clothes on," Cadd said.
"We're too old to take our clothes off and no one's asked us to do that for 50 years, so our best option is to play music."
Brian Cadd and Glenn Shorrock play The Events Centre, Caloundra, on Thursday, March 2, at 7pm.