Music to the ears
By LYNDAL GAWEN email@example.com
TED Tame said he only did a couple of gigs with Rose Tattoo (better known for Angry Anderson) but that is all it took to get some "ins'' in the music world.
Now Mr Tame, who also played with Ian Rilen and the Love Addicts, is in Rockhamp-ton bringing with him his music world "ins'' and a desire to cultivate live bands here. Six months ago Mr Tame bought the Commonwealth Hotel on Derby Street, with the intention of slowing life down and starting a family, but the music got the better of him.
Running clubs and pubs have been his life for the past 15 years as well as listening to demo tapes, and in Mr Tame's opinion the live bands in Rocky are pretty worthwhile.
"I had one demo tape across my desk here and it is probably the best I've heard in 15 years,'' he said about local band The Silence, which now plays at his pub every Saturday night.
The band is so good Mr Tame said he has been able to convince some managers from Sydney and Melbourne to come to Rockhampton and listen to one of their gigs.
"It's one of those things where it's people I know, if I didn't know them it would be damn impossible,'' he said.
While Mr Tame's chief focus at the moment is the local live band scene, he is also looking at ways of incorporating the Queensland coast in the touring bands' circuit.
"At the moment a band will play in Brisbane and then fly to Cairns,'' and that is it for Queensland, he said.
"If we can get it so that a band has to drive six hours between gigs, play in front of 200 to 300 people'' at each stop, then there is a workable circuit.
What each touring band needs from the town they are visiting is a local support band and an audience.
He will restore the pub to its former old Queenslander glory with a modern comfortable interior.