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Noise Never Far Away

Noise Never Far Away

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IT may have been seven years since NOISEWORKS last embarked on a national tour, but for most fans the music, a staple of Australian commercial radio, is never far away.

Lead singer JON STEVENS, speaking to TE by telephone from Melbourne, said the practice sessions for NOISEWORKS II had felt like the band had not been away at all.

Arriving in Newcastle in a fortnight to play at the Newcastle Workers Club the remaining members including STUART FRAZIER and KEVIN NICOLS will perform hits such as NO LIES, TAKE ME BACK, LOVE SOMEBODY, TOUCH, IN MY YOUTH, MILES AND MILES and HOT CHILLI WOMAN. 'After not playing these songs for seven years it's really refreshing for everybody and we're all really excited to be playing again,' Stevens said.

'That can only breathe positivity as far as doing something in the future.'

According to Stevens the band 'probably will' record new songs for a Noiseworks II album, because 'there's such a great vibe in the (remaining members of the) band'.

'What the band does after this, whether it stays a living and breathing entity, I don't know,' Stevens said.

'Its all up in the air, we're just getting together to play some of the old songs again.'

Following the Noiseworks split Stevens went on to play Judas in the JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR opposite JOHN FARNHAM as Jesus and KATE CEBERANO as Mary Magdalene.

Frazier went on to play as a gun for hire in the Farnham band, and in touring bands for KYLIE MINOGUE, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, DIESEL, JAMES REYNE and TINA ARENA. Stevens released two solo albums ARE YOU SATISFIED and CIRCLE through Sony Music, but had a falling out with the record company over promotion of the CDs.

'The second record, I made it in America, and came back to do a heap of showcases but had a falling out with the label over the fact that they weren't doing their best endeavours to support my work,' he said.

'The stuff that I've been writing in the past six months I've just been writing for myself.'

While living in the United States for the past three years Stevens has collaborated with guitarist SLASH from GUNS & ROSES on material which may yet see the light of day on the next SNAKEPIT album.

Based in California, Stevens has 'just been doing my own thing, trying to make my own music.' TE

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