After Sell-Out Shows at the End of Last Year the Aussie-Rock Icons Are Heading to Byron Bay to Play at Their First Bluesfest; Standing on the Inside Looking out A[euro]" Mossy Reflects on Cold Chisel

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After Sell-Out Shows at the End of Last Year the Aussie-Rock Icons Are Heading to Byron Bay to Play at Their First Bluesfest; Standing on the Inside Looking out A[euro]" Mossy Reflects on Cold Chisel


COLD Chisel need no introduction at home in Australia.

And if they'd played their cards right, according to Doc McGhee (Kiss's manager), they'd be a household name in the States as well.

In an interview McGhee said Aussie bands didn't work hard enough to win the American punters over.

When I speak to Ian Moss, Chisel guitarist, he's keen to know more.

aI personally was always really disappointed we didn't make it over there,a he says. aI would have loved to have really made an impact.a

Cold Chisel did tour the States in 1981 after releasing East in the region, but for whatever reason (there are conflicting stories) things didn't work out and the band came back a little jilted.

You Got Nothing I Want, penned by Jimmy Barnes, from the band's follow up, Animal Circus, was aimed at music executives who didn't quite meet Barnesy's expectations.

aTo a certain degree it was Barnes saying a[approximately]I didn't really want that anyway so na nah na na naah',a Moss tells Pulse.

aI think we were all disappointed, though really. We had the ability and we did tour and those shows went down really well; it was just bad timing on our part.a

Moss admits it is all in hindsight now.

aWe should have uprooted and moved,a he says. aBut a few of the guys had just met future wives and they missed them. Plus, we were over living poverty-stricken lives.a

Cold Chisel are renowned for having done the hard yards on the pub circuit in Australia throughout the 70s. The slog was finally paying off at home so starting from scratch in the States was hardly appealing. …

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