On Friday, December 15th, Sydney's Enmore Theatre hosted Easy Fever, a special Easy Beats tribute show featuring The Living End's Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson from Grinspoon, Kram from Spiderbait, Tex Perkins and You Am I's Tim Rogers.
In the shadow of the death of Easy Beats founder, George Young, in October, there was a mix of poignancy and celebration across the two-part (plus encore) set. With a fair bit of sing-a-long assistance from the audience, each of the rotating cast of vocalists brought their own unique spin on the classic material — flanked throughout by an all-star band, which included Jak Housden (The Whitlams), Ashley Naylor (Even), Dario Bortolin (Baby Animals), Dave Hibbard (Joe Bonamassa) and Clayton Doley (Divinyls).
In addition to the full tour of the Easy Beats' catalogue — including "Friday On My Mind", "Not In Love With You", "Sorry", "The Music Goes Round My Head" and countless more — the band also diverted into Stevie Wright's post-Easybeats catalogue, including the "Evie" trilogy (with a different frontman taking on each part of the rock opus), plus "Black Eyed Bruiser" and "Hard Road". For the final song of the encore, the full assembly of singers and band finished on the stage with a stirred rendition of "Good Times".
All photos by Rod Hunt.