Hot Chocolate to rock out Twinnies on Sunday
PATRICK Olive, founding member of the hit 70s and 80s band Hot Chocolate, is adamant the supergroup will still be rocking out live in 50 years, "even in a wheelchair".
Olive co-founded Hot Chocolate in 1970, writing tracks and playing percussion before moving on to bass guitar and vocals.
The band produced numerous hits along the way, many of which are still well known today, including the reverent classics You Sexy Thing, Every 1's a Winner and Heaven Is in the Back Seat of My Cadillac.
These days Olive is joined on stage by lead guitarist Harvey Hinsley, drummer Tony Connor, lead singer Kennie Simon, keyboard player Andy Smith and multi-instrumentalist Steve Ansell.
Despite lending his talents to 43 years of consistent musical magic, Olive said he is enjoying the limelight more than ever.
"We're still alive and kicking and hot as we've ever been," he said.
"These days we're touring the world extensively, even more than we did years ago."
"And hey, we really know we're doing now, we're confident."
Hot Chocolate recently finished a major UK arena tour with David Cassidy, Smokie and Leo Sayer and despite the overwhelming support the band received, Olive said he was particularly excited for the Australian leg of the tour.
"You people down under are wild, you go crazy at our shows, and we're very appreciative of that," he said.
"The songs seem so meaningful to people, something they can enjoy."
Olive didn't have much trouble naming his personal favourite track, even with a massive nine studio albums to choose from.
"I'll go with the general public and say You Sexy Thing," he said.
"It's like a national anthem, people really identify with it.
"People just love to get up and dance to it, you know, because when they're listening they feel like sexy things."
Olive thanked Australian fans for their support since day one and gave some final words of wisdom for aspiring musicians.
"We've been going for over 40 years and I have one suggestion; if you get a foot in the door just keep on going," he said.
Hot Chocolate will perform at Twin Towns Services Club on October 27. For bookings call 1800 014 014.