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Welcome Return

Who: Spoon
Where: Blackbutt Hotel
When: Friday October 1, 1999

The widely missed and much-loved SPOON make a welcome return to Newcastle this weekend for a trio of gigs.

The boys will be dishing it out at the BLACKBUTT HOTEL on Friday, the GRAND on Saturday and the BREWERY on Sunday.

Head spooner NED BRANCHI told TE last week the band would be showing off some new material alongside the old favourites.

Ned said since reforming in Melbourne earlier this year the band had been busy recording tracks for a new album, expected to be released next year.

'There's no real rush to get it out,' Branchi said.

'We've been recording it in bits and pieces as new material emerges.

'Its been a pretty prolific year for us for writing new songs.

The band has been working with producer JAMES 'OYSTERS' KILPATRICK, renowned as one of the best live engineers in the country for his work with acts such as MIDNIGHT OIL, and HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS. Ned said one old crowd favourite came close to being dropped from the album.

MONKEY MAGIC, the title track from the cheesy Japanese cult TV show, was a signature tune of the band as they gigged their way around Newcastle from 1995 to last year.

But the ABC's decision to replay the adventures of MONKEY, PIGSY and SANDY on its Saturday morning RECOVERY program put the song at risk for the album.

'I was a bit cheesed off when they started doing that, now it looks like we'll be jumping on the bandwagon,' Ned said.

But popular opinion is holding sway, with the song destined for the album.

SPOON will be giving a taste of what to expect from the new album when they release a few tracks on a CD single expected out around November.

Ned said the band would be heading back over the border for a Hunter launch party around that time.

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