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Celebration Of Pure Survival

Celebration Of Pure Survival

Who: The Porkers, Los Capitanes,The Casino Rumblers
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Friday November 18, 2005

NEWCASTLE band The Porkers are finally coming of age.

The ska band are celebrating their 18th birthday with a gig at The Cambridge on Friday night.

Formed in 1987 their first gig was a ``house-wrecking'' party in Bar Beach, as their friends' rental property was marked for demolition.

Back then they were then known as The Pork Hunts.

Vocalist and founding member Pete ``Porker'' Cooper said ska was a highly misunderstood music. It was the father of reggae.

``Mix this with some rock, calypso, swing and a bit of everything else, and you have The Porkers' winning formula which has won fans the world over,'' Cooper said.

The band have released four albums. Their last release was this year's Live at Nakanoshima , recorded on tour in Japan in 2004. Throughout their 18 years The Porkers have toured Europe, New Zealand, Japan and the USA , and have been around Australia ``a gizzillion times.'' They have opened for acts including No Doubt, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones , and Suicidal Tendencies . During the Vans Warped tour in the USA in 1999 they shared the stage with such performers as Eminem, Ice-T, the Black Eyed Peas and Blink 182 . Cooper said their 18th birthday gig was destined to be ``a huge show, with old tunes, possible special guests, and all the fun and mirth of any 18th celebration.'' The concert will be held Friday, November 18, at The Cambridge with special guests Los Capitanes (from A.C.T.) and The Casino Rumblers .

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