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Reunion Not A Sign Of Going Soft

Reunion Not A Sign Of Going Soft

Who: The Hard Ons, Gazoonga Attack, Conation
Where: Newcastle Leagues Club
When: Saturday July 16, 2005

IN a career that has spanned 21 years Sydney band The Hard-Ons has made plenty of friends and fans along the way.

Blackie, Ray, Pete and original member Keish can proudly count the likes of Mike Patton, Dave Grohl and Nick Oliveri among their supporters.

It was 1992 when The Hard-Ons teamed to perform with Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins as part of the first ever Big Day Out , sharing the bill with Nirvana. And while they have never signed a major record deal, The Hard-Ons have headlined their own shows in London and racked up a consistent back catalogue of albums and singles.

There certainly have been plenty of memorable moments for the trio, which was formed by three friends at high school at Punchbowl in Sydney. The Hard-Ons will team in June for a tour that will celebrate their 21 years together.

Starting in Queensland, it will cover most parts of the country before finishing in Newcastle at The Band Room@Newcastle Leagues Club on Saturday, July 16.

Keish will reunite with the band especially for the tour and join them on stage to play as a four-piece.

But bassist Ray Ahn doesn't want people to get too gooey about the reunion.

``We hate nostalgia,'' Ahn said.

``But we just wanna part ways with the old Hard-Ons in a fun way, do something that is once and once only, just for fun.'' The Hard-Ons will be supported by Gazoonga Attack and Conation at their Newcastle gig.

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