Band still cool after 15 years
IT was a headline show in Sydney for bushfire and flood victims in 2009 that saw Icehouse perform, after a 15 year hiatus.
"We all looked at each other and thought well that was fun we should do it again," lead singer of the iconic Aussie band Iva Davies told Pulse recently.
"But we've been incredibly selective about where we play. One thing that has become apparent is we are doing shows now way beyond what we did even at our peak.
"Technology…so much has changed, as basic as what you hear in ear monitoring. I'm absolutely confident we're so much better."
But fans have never doubted the group's talent, belting out hits throughout the 1980s and 90s that have stood the test of time as some of the best music to come out of the country.
Icehouse was formed by Iva, the band's front man and musical creative force, who lead the band to an amazing 28 Platinum albums, eight Top 10 albums and over thirty Top 40 singles.
In 2006, Icehouse was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame, described as "one of the most successful Australian bands of the 80s and 90s.…With an uncompromising approach to music production they created songs that ranged from pure pop escapism to edgy, lavish synthesised pieces."
Since 2012, Icehouse has toured infrequently to ever increasing popularity and re-released all albums in their catalogue in special edition repackaging with bonus material.
In 2015 the band released its first ever official 'Live' album, Icehouse: In Concert and toured during the early part of 2016 to sell-out audiences around Australia.
They've sold over three million albums locally.
With a repertoire of hits to fill a two hour show 10 times over, Iva said although he couldn't recall the year they last visited the Beef Capital, he's hoping he'll play all of the the songs the crowd wants to hear.
"We've got an extraordinary set of musicians and they have all been working in music outside performing so it's quite diverse," Iva explained.
"They're a pretty smart lot. And I think that's what keeps the quality of the show."
Because each member lives in different parts of the country, the front man said it was somewhat like a reunion when they guys got on stage together.
"We were incredibly lucky I think, I'm quite sure we had the good fortune … it was an extraordinary and exciting period of music. There were some incredible things going on at the time, it was an explosion, the invention of the drum machine and synthesiser, track recording and a whole lot of things that happened - that's where a lot of songs came from and the energy came from. That was combined with youth culture based around seeing other bands play."