Live Review

Supersuckers @ the Zoo

The Supersuckers are an enigma. The centre of the eye of the tornado is Eddie Spaghetti who was born with a tail. Since kicking off in 1988 they have dropped ten albums, one EP and Eddie has two solo albums just for good measure. They have toured worldwide everywhere with everybody you know, played “farm aid festival” and recorded at Willie Nelson’s studio in Austin Texas. I am certain they live on tour to ensure no one can hide from rock and roll. As it happens, Eddie is the sole original member and it’s his god sworn duty to keep the flag flying.

Eddie has beaten cancer and Covid and is one of those larger than life dudes who is not scared of anything and wrings every last drop out of every note he plays, every day he’s alive. Expect to see him and Keef Richards as the only two people left if the planet gets nuked.

Here and now in March 2023 the Supersuckers are in Australia to keep preaching to the faithful and making new friends. They played at Vinnies Dive Bar on the gold coast on 17th March and a night later at The Zoo in Brisbane along with The Stripp and the F1 Elevens.

The Stripp were a good kickoff and I can’t tell you how good it is to see the F1 Elevens back live, in your face and playing regular gigs. I caught them recently at JJ Speedball's birthday party at KLT and tonight they were totally on fire. Make sure you see them.

Then Eddie Spaghetti and the band rolled on stage and tore the place up. God bless “the drunk promoter” (yep the guy exists 4 real) for bringing them back out to oz. Been way too long between drinks. They have a grab bag of a kazillion songs and whipped out hell city hell, Rock your ass, coattail rider, all of the time, working my ass off, pretty fucked up, Marie and Creepy Jackalope eye amongst others. Eddie frequently preached the soul cleansing benefits of rock and roll and all its accoutrements and the gospel according to Saint Eddie. The band are tight as and play like one streamlined unit. Eddie's anecdotes and frequent rock and roll sermons / snippets of lifestyle advice are an integral part of the Supersuckers and why they are still here. Playing to around two hundred people (remember they played the night before also at Vinnie’s) they played like it was one-hundred-thousand at a festival; total professionals.

They finished up on an extended solo and quickly came back on and played their famous song Born with a tail (which you will hear every Saturday morning on radio 4ZZZ 102.1FM between 11:50 and 12 noon as the sign off track for Kids with Class Kicking Arse).

Tonight Supersuckers are rustling cattle somewhere in Texas. Y’all come back soon ya hear?

- Donald Gunn.


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