BACK FROM EXILE
Bringing together 6 of Australia’s finest rock artists, electrifying guitar legend, Kevin Borich, has reformed the hugely successful band of the 90’s, PARTY BOYS, calling it now for the 21st century – KEVIN BORICH’S PARTY BOYZ - Back From Exile Tour, 2011.
The new The Party Boyz lineup is: Angry Anderson, John Swan (Swanee), Kevin Borich, Izzy Osmanovic, Harry Brus and Mick O’Shea.
After ten years ‘in exile’ the new KEVIN BORICH’S PARTY BOYZ are back! The tour kicks off in Sydney on New Years Eve, and will travel throughout Australia in January 2011.
The story that has not been made public until now is that Kevin is a cancer survivor, having undergone radiation and chemo for nasal cancer (which was most likely caused by years of passive smoking performing in smoke filled clubs). Borich has been in remission for over 5 years steadily building up his energy and health to regroup – The Kevin Borich Party Boyz, for ‘The Back From Exile’ tour.
Kevin has lost none of the blues rock touch that saw him pick up many awards and accolades in the ‘70s as one of this country’s best, most revered guitar players and one of our hottest rockers.
Kevin Borich has this to say about the forthcoming tour: “I’m really excited to be back on the road with my old mates, Angry and Swanee as we go back a long way. It’s fantastic to have them together with a great band in Harry, Izzy and Mick. We’re ready to rock Australia again!”
Here’s what a few of the media have to say about Kevin Borich:
Towering over the local guitar-playing scene, Kevin Borich is rated one of the finest blues-based players in the world, a very special talent with an ever-present edge of excitement. - Sydney Basement
Kevin Borich is a vital part of the Live Music Heritage in Australia. It is one thing to listen to an artist on CD, you HAVE to see KB perform live. It is a must! `RAVE'
His dazzling fret board skills have also seen musicians such as Carlos Santana and Ritchie (Deep Purple) Blackmore, Bo Diddley and John Mayall happily invite him on to stage to jam. Carlos Santana recalled “ Kevin is amazing, sounds so much like Jimi Hendrix, yet has individual style presenting his music honestly, and is one of the best I’ve heard ” - `Rip it Up
There are a lot of personal highlights for me.... I remember when like every other young man I was playing air guitar, and one of the things I played air guitar to was Kevin Borich doing “All Along The Watchtower” who I think did it even better than Hendrix. He’s been part of our musical lives for a long time. He came over the Tasman in the La De Das and he’s been rocking ever since. We love him, he’s Kevin Borich! - Glen A. Baker -
KEVIN BORICH’S PARTY BOYZ line up is:
Angry Anderson – vocals - Rose Tattoo
John Swan, (Swanee) – vocals - Party Boys original hit vocalist
Kevin Borich – vocals, lead & rhythm guitar - Kevin Borich Express, La-De-Da’s
Izzy Osmanovic – vocals, lead & rhythm guitar - The Screaming Jets, Judge Mercy
Harry Brus – bass - Australian Crawl, Renee Geyer, Leo Sayer, Kevin Borich Express, Matt Finish
Mick O’Shea – drums - Richard Clapton, Billy Thorpe, The Angels
ABOUT THE BAND:
Angry needs no introduction – Rose Tattoo are an Australian institution with their “down to the core earth” style of Aussie Rock, which has influenced many overseas bands such as Gun’s & Roses. Actor, TV presenter & motivational speaker, Angry’s ‘no nonsense style’ big heart and generosity has him on a very special mantel in Australia’s folklore, which was well documented in the Channel 9 television programme “This Is Your Life”.
Swanee is blessed with a world-class voice, which is why he was asked perform at the recent successful Led Zeppelin Celebration concerts. He has a very successful solo career with such hits as “Lady What’s Your Name”; “If I Were a Carpenter”; nd The Party Boys hits, “ He’s Gonna Step On You Again” & “ Hold Your Head Up”, which made The Party Boys become a household name. Continually in demand, he performs all around Australia and also devotes a lot of his time to the needs of others in charitable causes.
For close on forty years, Kevin Borich has been thrilling audiences with his dynamic brand of blistering boogie. Hailed by rock and blues audiences alike, Borich is one of the few artists who successfully straddles the two genres, loved and revered in both as a wicked songwriter, performer and guitarist. With sheer guitar driven ecstasy-loaded passion and raunch, Kevin Borich will take you on a musical epic from the deepest blues to the potent force that made him one of our hottest rockers and a phenomenal ax-man. Originally from the New Zealand band of the ’60’s The La- De-Da’s (who had the classic hit “Gonna See My Baby Tonight”), he then formed Kevin Borich Express in the early 70’s and has in recent times tours with his drummer son Lucius in Borich x Borich.
Izzy’s first name band was Judge Mercy who carved out a highly respectful path with their imaginative heavy rock in the 90’s. He then joined The Screaming Jets who set Australia on fire with many hits, which have become Aussie Anthems, featuring in Triple M’s Essential Countdown. After 12 highly productive years with the band he decided to hang up his guitar, until now – so look out - Izzy’s juice’s are flowing again!
Harry Brus is the epitome of what a bass player should and can be. He has played with everybody who is anybody in the Australian music scene. So much so, he was selected to play in The Band that backed the Aussie performers on the famed “Long Way To The Top” tour and the recent “Let It Be” Beatles sell out extravaganza. His dedication has created a unique style that always commands attention and has the audience spellbound. Harry has played with Australia’s finest including Renee Geyer, Australian Crawl, Matt Finish, Kevin Borich Express and Leo Sayer.
Mick O’Shea has been kickin’ the engine room for many well known high profile bands during his colourful career including Billy Thorpe, Ian Moss, Rose Tattoo, Choir Boys and Dragon just to name a few. Mick has toured internationally and the talent of adding great vocal harmonies when needed keeps him in demand. He’s also done many drum clinics sharing his knowledge of how to make a band rock and the rhythm win. In 1995, he was voted Best Hard Rock Drummer by readers of “Skinful” magazine.