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The Rock-itt : September 2009
It's a typical freezing winter's Friday night in Manly and a building crowd in the Ivy's Bar eagerly awaits one of Australia's legendary and longest lasting rock bands, The Radiators, who are currently celebrating 30 years of playing live (with no breakups during this time) to heat things up! To start the night, support act, 'Boukabou' takes the stage. The band is scaled down to a duo with Jamel Boukabou singing and playing guitar, and Dario Bortolin playing bass. Dario is a seasoned musician, who was part of INXS Mark 2 and has played with Jimmy Barnes to name a few. Jamel is a multi talented man who is a musician/songwriter and a seasoned Australian actor who has acted in All Saints, Cold Feet, Farscape, Home & Away, Jag, Matrix Re-loaded, Star Wars and Water Rats! Jamel has had experience writing for major-label artists and decided to step into the performing role with his band Boukabou with the debut 2008 release of the album 'Forward In Reverse' (available on itunes). Mixed by Wayne Connolly, (The Welcome Mat, Knievel) this is an impressive release of big catchy melodies and up front vocals, flavoured with influences of U2, Dire Straits, and Oasis. In June this year, Jamel also performed at the Cat Club, Sunset Boulevard, LA with an 'All Star Jam' which included musicians; Happenin' Harry, Scotty (LA - Guns) and Dizzy (Keys - Guns N' Roses). Tonight the duo belt out a strong energetic set getting the crowd warmed up, which included a memorable version of INXS cover "Two Worlds Collide", Australian Crawl's 'Errol' and a really catchy original, 'Take me back', to conclude their set. The full line up of the band performs regularly (recently at the Manly Boatshed), and if this duo's performance and the album release is anything to go on, this band is a must see! For more info visit www.myspace.com/boukabou The Rads are having a busy night having earlier performed at the Mick Cox (founding member and guitarist for Rose Tattoo recently diagnosed with liver cancer) Benefit Concert at the Enmore Theatre. A packed house supported his cause, and included such artists as Jimmy Barnes, You Am I, Ian Moss, and Rose Tattoo to name a few, and Mick himself got up and performed a few songs! The Radiators came to the Steyne Hotel really pumped and inspired after having supported Mick's cause. Speaking to Fess (Rads guitarist) recently, he was very upset about Mick's condition. Fess has had a close bond and friendship with Mick and that at the benefit concert Mick was trying to put Fess at ease with his optimism, and encouraged him