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TAKE US BACK: Steve Balbi reveals Noiseworks REUNION is a distinct possibility!

Picture: Tim Bradshaw

Noiseworks bass player Steve Balbi has revealed that the iconic rockers could very well see the light of day again.

Speaking to Newcastle Live about his upcoming show at Lizotte’s, Steve admitted that a Noiseworks reunion, in some form, is a distinct possibility.

“I’m going to stay positive and say yes,” he said.

The admission came after Steve made a surprise appearance in Noiseworks frontman Jon Stevens’ set during last Saturday’s One Electric Day festival at Sydney’s Cockatoo Island.

Steve joined Jon and band for three songs – Noiseworks’ Take Me Back and Hot Chilli Woman and the INXS classic Don’t Change.

“It really sparked a nice, warm fuzzy feeling,” Steve said of the impromptu guest spot.

“In terms of the band doing stuff again, I really hope that happens and things are looking good. I mean obviously there is some logistical stuff to work out but Jon, Stuart [Fraser, guitarist] and I plan to have lunch next week in Melbourne, so we’ll see what happens.”

TOGETHER AGAIN: Jon Stevens (l) and Steve Balbi (r) performing at the One Electric Day festival at Cockatoo Island. Picture: Dan Beazley

After disbanding back in 1992, Noiseworks have reunited sporadically and in 2015 revealed that they had recorded new material for an as-yet-unreleased follow up to their 1991 album Love Versus Money.

However, guitarist Stuart Fraser was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016, shelving any plans to release and tour the record.

Speaking to the Newcastle Herald in July this year, Jon Stevens said that he too is open to possibly releasing the new material, but not until Stuart was well enough.

“In terms of the band doing stuff again, I really hope that happens and things are looking good. I mean obviously there is some logistical stuff to work out but Jon, Stuart [Fraser, guitarist] and I plan to have lunch next week in Melbourne, so we’ll see what happens.”

Steve Balbi

“We did talk about doing stuff towards the back end of this year, but at the end of the day with Stuart, he’s the main guitarist, so you can’t go out without Stuart,” he told the publication.

For now, though, Steve Balbi, who is also the frontman for iconic ’80s rockers Mi-Sex will be making his way to Newcastle this weekend for a show at Lizotte’s and he said playing in our part of the world was always an enticing prospect.

“I always love coming to Newcastle, ever since I first started coming there as a kid playing with Kevin Borich,” Steve said.

“In my opinion, Newcastle really is the heart of rock and roll in this country and Lizotte’s is such a brilliant venue in so many ways.”

INTIMATE AND MASSIVE: Steve Balbi will perform at Lizotte’s on Saturday night. Picture Cherie Abdy.

Steve, who will be performing with lauded Sydney songstress and multi-instrumentalist Lozz Benson, said the Lizotte’s gig would feature an eclectic set of new material, including his latest single Every Living Thing and reimagined favourites from a back catalogue that includes the likes of Electric Hippies, Noiseworks, Universe, and Move Trees.

“I suppose the best way to describe what to expect is something that is both intimate and massive – a sonic feast with lots of surprises,” Steve said.

Catch Steve Balbi at Lizotte’s on Saturday 16 November. Get your tickets here.

Written by Stephen Bisset