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The Rock-itt : December 2010
The HITMEN final show for 2010 and "Au Revior" to guitarist, Klondike at the Jets Club, Tempe From the minute I arrived at the "Jets Club" and given a little Xmas gift at the door, and from the near packed crowd of friendly and supportive fans of the Hitmen, you could feel a real party atmosphere was in place. The Hitmen were signing-off for 2010 with a send-off show for guitarist Chris "Klondike" Masuak who is hitting the road in France and Spain in February 2011 for a month-long tour fronting French band, The Outside. It was also the official opening of the "Jets Club" at Tempe, as a fully- fledged live music venue and the launch of a retrospective album of previously unreleased 1978 and '79 Hitmen material titled "Dancin' Time '78-79" and being released on Savage Beat through Shock. This one-off Hitmen gig wound up a successful 2010, marked by a national tour in tandem with Detroit punk diva Niagara and a landmark Sydney show marking their 31st year as a band. With a near capacity filled crowd the first band on were The Cool Charmers who boasted ex- members of The Johnnys, The Psychotic Turnbuckles and the Huxton Creepers. They got things cooking with their "home grown" brand of punchy rock n roll with an appreciative reaction from the crowd. Next up were Decline of the Reptiles who were a successful inner city band of the 1980's putting on an impressive slick powerful hard rock'n show highlighted by the stage action and energy of singer Mark Roxburgh. With no time to waste the Hitmen stormed the stage and the party went into full swing. Kicking off with 'Dancin Time' the band played all the songs that the fans expect to hear at a Hitmen gig including 'Oh No', 'Bwana Devil', 'Reaper', 'Everbody Knows', 'I Want You', 'Rock n Roll Soldiers', 'I Dont Mind' , 'Solid as a Rock' and added a few Screaming Tribesmen tunes as well! The Hitmen were on fire, playing like it was their last gig ever (even though it's not) with Johnny Kannis climbing tall speaker stacks to get above the smoke, Chris Masuak slaying his "Hot as Hell" Gibson Firebird guitar, the "Juke" Tony Jukic cranking his Gibson Les paul and the rythm section of Tony Robertson (Bass) and Murray Shepherd (Drums) providing the tight thumping backbone of the Hitmen machine! The party vibe was notched up when a few guest musicians joined the line up. First up Brad Shepherd from the Hoodoo Gurus (and former Hitmen Guitarist) played what seemed like half the show and added a really energetic and big wall of rock dim ension to the band's sound. With lots of guitar duelling action and warfare the "Rock n Roll soldiers" called for more recruits with the addition of guitarist The Unknown from the Psychotic Turnbuckles. But there was more, with five guitarists now on stage to balance things out Mick Blood from the Lime Spiders crash tackled the line up, surfed the waves and added his explosive vocals to the Hitmen big party! A gig would not be complete without an encore and indeed the Hitmen party did not disappoint playing a Review and Photos by DaveTozer.com.au Special narrative by the "Zeus" Hitmen's singer Johnny Kannis To view photos of the night visit www.facebook.com/davetozerphotography