Moss brings tour to town

By Tara Whitsed

Australian rock-royalty Ian Moss will next month take to the stage in Shepparton, performing an array of hits including his own version of a handful of Cold Chisel tunes.

Affectionately known by his fans as Mossy, the former Cold Chisel band member said the upcoming performance would be a well-rounded one.

Following the recent release of his new self-titled album, Moss said he would be pushing a few singles off the album including tracks Girl Like You and current single Hold On.

‘‘It’s coming up to the 30th anniversary for my Matchbox album,’’ he said.

Moss said he would also play a selection of songs from this album such as the memorable Tucker’s Daughter and Telephone Booth.

His new album has been referred to as his most personal record yet.

Moss co-wrote every song, aside from My Suffering, which was written by Cold Chisel bandmate and Moss’ dear friend Steve Prestwich, who died in 2011.

‘‘It means a lot to me that there’s a little bit of Steve on this album,’’ Moss said.

Moss also included a song which pays homage to his son Julian, with the soul ballad Broadway.

‘‘It’s a song about missing my son when I’m on the road,’’ he said.

‘‘I love doing gigs and being on tour, but as soon as the plane was about to take off, down would come the blues,’’ he said.

Having kicked off his regional tour in August, Moss said Victorian audiences had always been responsive to his gigs.

‘‘You do feel a bit of extra appreciation from regional areas. They can often be a little more starved for choice than they are in the city,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m a country lad myself and coming from the country I’ve always had in my mind and heart to not forget regional areas.’’

Born and raised in Alice Springs, Moss started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat it in the big city.

Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, and joined the band that was to become a legend in Australia and which made such an undeniable impact that it is now etched in the Australian music psyche forever.

This year has been a new chapter in Moss’ career following the release of the new self-titled studio album, his sixth, and also taking on his biggest national tour in decades.

In 2007 Moss told the Sydney Morning Herald, ‘‘I haven’t made my definitive album yet.’’

More than years on, he might have done just that.

Ian Moss will perform on Saturday, November 3 at Riverlinks Eastbank, in Welsford St, Shepparton. Tickets are available from ianmoss.com.au/tour