Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholsen are missing out on Bendigo in their latest tour.
I tried to make them feel guilty, but it was just a matter of fact.
“We just couldn’t get a venue to tie in with the dates,” Kasey said.
The Wreck and Ruin tour is on the back of their latest album of the same name, you’ll spot it in the shops now with a rather interesting day of the dead cover.
“We tend not to go back to places we don’t like,” Kasey said.
“But we will be back in Bendigo next year.”
Touring is a way of life for this married couple, and it appears there are many pluses.
“The family comes too,” Shane said.
I pondered how that affected the rock and roll lifestyle.
“Things are more focused on getting to bed rather than partying,” Kasey said.
“And that’s to sleep.”
The inevitable crossover of work life and home life brings up a few points of interest.
“Sometimes we take a row onstage and share it with the audience,” Kasey said.
Shane said there are some pitfalls of being the lesser known of the duo.
“There is no point asking for the audience to side on an argument, they always go with Kasey,” he said.
This public airing of family life is very much the way it is for Kasey and Shane. Very much a family affair too.
“It’s hard to write a song and then work out to do the washing,” Kasey said.
“But it’s the way we are.
“We are very lucky our job is to make music.”
Shane appears a fan of the set up too.
“We don’t really plan ahead too much. What happens, happens,” he said.
“We sort of fell in together musically years ago through Kasey’s brother. Way before marriage was on the cards.
“Things have just slotted into place ever since.”
In this day-to-day life of swimming lessons for the kids I asked if they craved the rock and roll lifestyle.
Shane responded first.
“There was a time when after a gig I went out and got trashed with the bands,” he said.
“But the desire to do that does wear off.
“As I have said, with the children and 4am wake ups it’s not really an option even if I wanted it to be.”
The couple comes across as really enjoying their lot in life, what’s more they are both really down to earth.
“It’s awesome being in the industry,” Kasey said.
“I really I enjoy it.”
I pushed a little harder on the tour.“We are absolutely coming to Bendigo next year,” Kasey said.
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholsen play the Playhouse, Geelong on October 25, the Regent Multiplex, Ballarat on October 26 and the Regent Theatre, Melbourne on Saturday October 27.