In the tradition of welcoming some of the country’s best rock musicians to the bay, Warrnambool is preparing for the return of one of the vertebra that was the backbone of Cold Chisel.
In a relic of the ‘back to the bay’ days, Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre will welcome Ian Moss to the stage on September 16.
As part of his Australian National Theatre Tour 2018, the man fondly referred to as “Mossy” will belt out tunes for audiences in the wake of his latest release.
Moss’ new self-titled album is set to hit music store shelves on March 9.
For Lighthouse Theatre manager Mik Frawley, having Moss in the city would be like a trip down memory lane.
“It’s great to have Australian music royalty here again,” he said. “This is the music we grew up to.”
Mr Farwley said Moss’ tones would have been heard in many south-west lounge rooms in the 1980’s.
“I had older siblings who had these songs on high repeat,” he said. Having Ian Moss here will be like having a glimpse into your upbringing again."
Mr Frawley said the Lighthouse Theatre’s seating capacity was 575.
“I’d imagine with an artist like Ian Moss those seats will sell fast,” he said.
Moss’ latest collection, his sixth studio album, is described as being more acoustic than its predecessors.
“While people would remember Moss from the 70s and 80s, this album is more acoustic,” Mr Frawley said.
“It has his trademark silken voice, and his music is still very soulful.”
Born and raised in Alice Springs, Moss started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city.
After answering an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, Moss joined the band that was to become iconic Australian band Cold Chisel.
Moss has since released five studio albums, including the number one, multi-platinum, Matchbook, Worlds Away, Petrolhead, Let's all Get Together and Soul on West 53rd.
The new album is also touted as Moss’ finest collection of songs since his multi-platinum, ARIA Award-winning solo debut, 1989’s Matchbook.
Moss co-wrote each song on the album, aside from My Suffering, a song which was written by his Cold Chisel band-mate and dear friend Steve Prestwich, who died in 2011.
“It means a lot to me that there’s a little bit of Steve on this album,” Moss said.
Tickets for the National Regional Theatre Tour 2018 are on sale from February 12.