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Cold Chisel warms up for new album

Cold Chisel
Cold Chisel

COLD Chisel needs no introduction at home in Australia.

And if they'd played their cards right, according to Doc McGhee (Kiss's manager), they'd be a household name in the States as well.

In an interview recently McGhee said Aussie bands didn't work hard enough to win American punters over.

When I speak to Ian Moss, Chisel guitarist, he's keen to know more.

"I personally was always really disappointed we didn't make it over there," he says.

"I would have loved to have really made an impact."

Cold Chisel did tour the States in 1981 after releasing East in the region, but for whatever reason things didn't work out and the band came back a little jaded.

You Got Nothing I Want, penned by Jimmy Barnes, from the band's follow up Animal Circus, was aimed at music executives who didn't quite meet Barnesy's expectations.

"To a certain degree it was Barnes saying, 'I didn't really want that anyway so na nah na na naah'," Moss tells Pulse.

"I think we were all disappointed though, really.

"We had the ability and we did tour and those shows went down really well.

"It was just bad timing on our part."

Moss admits it is all in hindsight now.

"We should have uprooted and moved," he says.

"But a few of the guys had just met future wives and they missed them.

"Plus, we were over living poverty-stricken lives."

Cold Chisel is renowned for having done the hard yards on the pub circuit in Australia throughout the 1970s.

The slog was finally paying off at home so starting from scratch in the States was hardly appealing.

Cold Chisel wrapped up recording its forthcoming album in June last year, but Moss says it won't be out until after they perform at this year's Bluesfest.

Last year was a huge one for Cold Chisel, but it didn't start well.

Drummer Steve Prestwich died suddenly in January from a brain tumour.

The band had been in the studio since December 2010 after playing a couple of gigs the same year.

Making the decision to continue without Prestwich was hard, but Moss says he thinks that's what Prestwich would have wanted.

"When the whole thing happened it was such a shock," Moss says.

"Steve was the one who could arse his way out of any trouble.

"We were really shocked that something had actually stopped Steve.

"It took us a couple of months to decide to proceed without him, but Charley (Drayton) was the first on the list.

"It was important to get someone with that 50s beat sensibility."

The band's Light the Nitro tour late last year sold out almost every show.

When they play Bluesfest, Moss says you can expect the classics along with quite a few new tracks from the forthcoming album.

Cold Chisel headlines Bluesfest at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, on April 5.

Tickets available from bluesfest.com.au.

Topics:  bluesfest byron bay bluesfest cold chisel music


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