Rockers ready for next chapter of reunion
IMAGINE not just being around when the Beatles burst onto the music scene and changed the world but being part of a band at the time - being part of the revolution.
That was what it was like for local boys Chapter III - first known as The Defenders, then to Kiwis as Hub Kapp and the Wheels - who played with the likes of Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, the Bee Gees and Johnny O'Keefe.
"It was a magic era," enthused drummer Col Zeller. "There were live bands and big crowds of 500-600 people wherever you went.
"It was a wonderful time to have lived through."
Perhaps that's why the band's "one-off" reunion last year was such a success that they have agreed to an encore performance.
JB's Cabaret: Here We Go Again, featuring Chapter III, is at Rumours International on Saturday, September 24, the final weekend of the Carnival of Flowers.
Last year the 1000-strong event was completely sold out, with a waiting list, and this year, tickets are again going fast.
And they've brought a couple of other old favourites on-board this year, with Sir Jeffrey's People and Dawn of Creation also re-forming for the night.
Gypsy, Frankie Klassen, Janelle Steinmuller and Don Duffus will also perform.
"It was a very satisfying feeling playing in front of such a big crowd last year," Col said. "A lot of people were asking were we going to do it again, and we thought 'why not?'"
Chapter III has been back in rehearsal for the past five months, with a new repertoire for the two old line-ups, as well as backing by a four-piece brass band and two female vocalists.
Col joked he had put in more private time practising on the drums in the past 18 months than he did when he played professionally.
But it's certainly been a labour of love for the man who says he hadn't picked up a stick in 38 years before last year, thinking his playing days were well in the past.
Perhaps it's the fact that Col said the heaviest drug any of them ever took was an aspirin, but he reckons Chapter III has more than shown that "retired 70-somethings can still rock with the best of them" and they're ready to do it again.
Tickets are $39.99 and doors open at 6.45pm for the 7.30pm show.
Book on www.trybooking.com/LJSW or contact Toowoomba Hospital Foundation on 07 4616 6166.