Delltones ready to rock Tweed
THE Delltones shows at Tweed Heads are renowned for being wild affairs.
Next month, the rock’n’roll four-piece will return for the umpteenth time.
“It’s always great up there because the audience is fantastic,” founding vocalist Ian “Peewee” Wilson said.
“It’s always a full house and it’s always a great night for us.”
In their formative years, Wilson spent plenty of time surfing Coolangatta’s swell between those regular gigs in Tweed.
Wilson said 57 years after forming, their live shows were still “enthusiastic”.
That’s despite being told early on their music was a “passing trend” and a “fad”.
“People say not to give up your day jobs,” Wilson said.
Yet today, in his mid-70s, he can’t imagine having done anything else.
“If longevity is any measure of success, the Delltones have been successful,” he said.
“I think people see us as a really important part of Australia’s heritage of music, and it’s very humbling to still be able to be performing.”
Wilson said The Delltones’ upbeat music, born from the post-war era, was a sort of “tonic” for the audience even in today’s “age of anxiety”.
“Our music is aimed at the heart and the feet,” he said.
“It’s immediately gratifying.”
Wilson said it helped to keep the members sprightly.
“The show is still energetic,” he said.
“It’s not just four old farts up there trying to live in the past.
“We’re unashamedly crowd-pleasers.”
Wilson said he was looking forward to next month’s show in Tweed.
“One of the wonderful things about being with the Delltones ... our recording history has been sketchy but The Delltones are known for their live performances,” he said.
“There’s nothing better than a live performance.”
The band will perform at the Twin Towns Services Club at 8pm, on October 17.