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INTERVIEW: Chris Britton (THE TROGGS)

September 26, 2016

Levi:

Yeah. You guys are going to come down to Australia in November. When was the last time you played here? It must have been a while ago

 

Chris:

It's about 15-20 years I think.

 

Levi:

What do you remember from the last tour? Did you enjoy it?

 

Chris:

It was very hot, we traveled in bus from Sydney to Brisbane it took us 2 days and we went through a locust storm and all sorts of stuff. Very interesting thing to do. Looking forward to coming up and having a blast again.

 

Levi:

Yeah, for sure. Now are you going to be playing with a slightly different lineup this time? I know you've got Chris Allen on vocals, unfortunately Reg Presley passed a couple of years ago. How's the new line up of the band being going, how's it been going so far with the new singer?

 

Chris:

He's doing really well, he's his own man, he's completely different to Reg, which is good, we weren't looking for an imitation of Reg, but he fits, in does the job and Reg has actually seen him play with us, well he did see him play with us before he died, so he gave us his seal of approval. 

 

Levi: 

Yeah, for sure, now just what can the fans be expecting from the set list when you come down? Would it be like a greatest hits set?

 

Chris:

We will play the stuff people know of ours, but we're not going to bore them with giving them a load of new stuff that they don't know. Half the fun is playing songs that people know and getting their reaction to it, which is good. We like doing that.

 

Levi:

You guys are definitely considered a legendary band, I think when I listen to your music it feels like you guys were kind of the second wave of rock 'n roll, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, being the first wave and when I listen to them, it's very much rooted in rockabilly, blues, a little bit of country as well. You guys have a different sound, a bit more like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. When you guys started out, what did you want to do differently to the first wave of rock 'n roll?

 

Chris:

I think just about all the kids in England listening to the first wave of rock 'n roll, obviously when it came from America and their old blues stuff, John Lee Hooker and people like that. What we did in essence was there was no rock 'n roll type music prior to that in England, it was jazzy and so on. We took the old blues and rock 'n roll stuff, turned it around a bit, shook it up and sent it back to them, which was interesting because they quite liked it differently. It was not the same thing really. It's all related.

 

“Wild thing, you make my heart sing!”… 60’s British Rock Legends THE TROGGS finally return to Australia this November to celebrate the Wild Thing’s 50th Anniversary by performing all their Greatest Hits - Wild Thing, With a Girl Like You, I Can’t Control Myself, Love is All Around plus More!

 

Click the tour poster for a direct link to ticket sales! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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