The End begins again

NEW BEGINNING: Andy Strachan, Chris Cheney and Scott Owen of The Living End enjoy some quiet time before their ‘Staring Down the Highway’ tour of regional Australia later this year. The tour begins in Canberra on March 8.
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In many ways, playing the 2016 AFL Grand Final represented the start of anew phase in The Living End’s career.

“Just thinking back to twenty years ago, [to our] humble beginnings in suburban Melbourne, and then finding ourselves on stage at the MCG on Grand Final day was just full-on,” bassist Scott Owen said.

“I’m so grateful for it.”

It was, in a sense, one of those full-circle moments, given that all band members’ parents were born in Footscray.

“There’s a big history with our band and Footscray, the Bulldogs and our band,” Owen said.

“Them winning was just like another bit of icing on the cake.”

And,yes, Owen’s favourite Grand Final music moment is the same as everyone else’s:Angry Anderson arriving at the‘G in a blue Batmobileto belt out‘Bound for Glory’in‘91.

Along with Chris Cheney on guitar and vocals, and Andy Strachan on drums, Owen is now entering his 24thyear as a member of The Living End.

The band released their seventh studio album Shiftin 2016.

Owen himself haslived as a “sandgroper” in Byron Bay for the past five years, where he spendsmuch of his time in the water and playing music with locals.

Having toured major Australian cities in support of the new record, The Living End are now preparing to embark on a “regional” tour, which will see them stop in at the Odeon Theatre in Hobart.

“It’s something we always used to do, but we haven’t done it for so long, it feels like something different now,” Owen said of the upcoming tour.

The last time The Living End played in Tasmania was in 2014, at A Day on the Green in Launceston.

Their new setlist will comprise of roughly half the latest album, interspersed with some old favourites.

“We seem to be a bit of a laughing-stock amongst our peers, because we’re still rehearsing songs we’ve been playing for almost 20 years,” Owen said.

“Music is what we do, so we may as well do it as best as we possibly can.”

The Living End appear at the Odeon Theatre on April 7.

Tickets can be purchased on Mona’s website.

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