They gave us a sampling of it today, which included a song about Xavier Rudd, Xavier Rudd Is Not My Son, Mike Rudd’s response to the frequently asked question about his relationship to Xavier. Also among the new songs played was one called Silicon Valley, written in the 1980s which has claims to being prophetic.
There were five in the band today, not all of them being able to fit on the Basement Discs tiny stage, so the guest saxophonist Jimmy Sloggert and keyboard player Daryl Roberts were off stage. The rest, Peter “Robbo” Robertson (drums) Bill Putt (bass) and Mike Rudd (lead guitar and vocals) took centre stage.
Always enjoyable to watch and hear, Spectrum is still a great band. Mike Rudd is a highly individual guitarist and has an extraordinary high voice.
They finished the mini show with two classic Spectrum numbers, I’ll Be Gone and Sensible Shoes.
Spectrum have an amusing and informative website - well worth checking out.
Sunday, September 27 - Waverock, Waverock, WA
Monday, September 28 - Mojos, Fremantle
Thursday, October 1 - The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
Friday, October 2 - Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
Sunday, October 4 - Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan
Wednesday, October 7 - Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba
Thursday, October 8 - Annandale Hotel, Sydney
Friday, October 9 - The Zoo, Brisbane