What Bernard Fanning really thinks about Toowoomba
EVEN after nearly 30 years in the music business, Bernard Fanning hasn't lost the drive to perform to audiences across Australia.
In fact, he believes he's in his prime right now.
"I thought I was in my hey-day," he said.
"I feel the happiest that I have on-stage and I love writing and being in the studio, so I'm loving where my work is at."
The Brisbane boy, who helped form the award-winning and platinum-selling Powderfinger in 1989, will be hitting Toowoomba with his long-time friend Kasey Chambers on their Sooner or Later Tour.
This is certainly not the first time Fanning has played or visited Toowoomba, since he has plenty of connections to the Garden City.
"I've got cousins and relatives from Toowoomba, and it's amazing how it's transformed from a country town and now a really dynamic city," he said.
"It's grown so much and it's amazing to me that Weis is no longer the greatest restaurant in Queensland."
Fanning and Powderfinger also performed at the now-destroyed Lake Hotel in their earlier days and Fanning played the Empire Theatre in 2013, which is also the venue for his latest tour.
The decision to tour alongside Kasey Chambers was an easy one, since the pair had been friends for many years.
"We just got talking about it and we'd played together so many times and done charity gigs, but they were all one-offs," Fanning said.
"We thought, maybe we should go on a tour together. I want to play all the way around Australia - as much as I can.
"The last tour was comprehensive but it was mainly the major cities. The idea was go out and do regional cities and towns."
Patrons who head along on February 24 would also get a chance to see famous Powderfinger songs stripped back their barest elements.
Fanning said he was simply replicating how he had originally brought the songs to the band.
"I've just been presenting them the way I presented them to the guys," he said.
I'm not trying to imitate what we did with Powderfinger.
For tickets, head to the Empire Theatre website.