Punters at this year’s Splendour in the Grass were blessed with a bountiful harvest of Australiana, with a surprise performance by living goddamn legend Tina Arena (facilitated by the smooth businessmen of Client Liaison) and an equally surprising reformation of pub rock / dad rock fusion legends Powderfinger during Bernard Fanning‘s set.
“When I heard about it, someone texted me to say, ‘Oh I loved the gig’ and stuff like that, I just thought, what’s going on? And I saw it, and I thought oh that’s a bit strange. So I was a bit surprised, but it is what it is.”
“You got to remember that we were together for 20 years and for about the first 10 years of that […] I was a bit of a mean guy who didn’t like to lose an argument.“So if those guys feel like there’s a bit of bad blood, I don’t blame them. But I really don’t think there is, I think it’s completely innocent and it’s been taken out of proportion.”
“All the other guys went down to Splendour, and I didn’t go because I haven’t been for a few years because we got the young kids and it’s a bit hard at the moment.“So they got together on a bit of a whim and went up on stage and played with Bernie. I was texting Bernie yesterday, and he was saying, ‘look it was sort of a last minute thing and it’s now been blown out of proportion’.”
It seemed pretty organised. Pedal boards, amplifiers, guitars, setlist etc…
— philjamieson (@philjamieson) July 24, 2017