30 YEARS AND COUNTING...
Chocolate Starfish powered on to the Australian music scene in the early 1990s and quickly established themselves as an influential force with their cover of Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’, original hit ‘Mountain’ and perennial favourite ‘Four Letter Word’. They wholeheartedly earned their reputation as one of Australia’s best live bands of the 90s, boasting two Top 10 albums and six Top 50 singles.
Thirty years later, the band is living up to this reputation and then some, still dazzling audiences away with their powerhouse performances and magnetic stage presence. Chocolate Starfish continues to deliver the pure, unadulterated entertainment for which they are renowned, their captivating shows imbued with intensity and revelry - and, as always, with a few surprises.
Driving this rock ‘n’ roll juggernaut is electric, engaging front man Adam Thompson, whose provocative vocals and unpredictable stage antics compel audiences to sing along, dance along and even jump along as he leads them in what could be described as a mass game of ‘Simon Says’. ‘Starfish Says’, anyone?
As Black + White magazine observed, ‘If there’s an audience, he’ll play up to them, if there’s a balcony, he’ll climb it, if there’s energy in the room, he’ll milk it.’
The thundering current of the band’s energy is kept rushing with relentless force by Darren Danielson on drums, while Norm Falvo on keyboard balances the mix with his restrained animation. Prowling the stage with Thompson is bass guitarist John ‘Stones’ Nixon and guitarist Zakk Zedras, who joined the line up as a more permanent fixture after the tragic death of original guitarist and songwriter Zoran Romic in 2012.
Celebrating 30 years since they powered onto the Australian music scene with their cover of Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’ and their self-titled debut album, Chocolate Starfish shows no signs of slowing down. They continue to live up to their hard-earned reputation as one of the country’s best live bands, dazzling audiences with their high-energy performances and pure, unadulterated entertainment.
Always a crowd favourite, The Fish have become renowned for their hugely successful Classic Album Series that has seen two tours of their widely acclaimed ‘Bat Out of Hell’ show plus their lauded tour of INXS:KICK. The band prides itself on making the audience the centrepiece of the Starfish experience - they perform with their audiences, not for them – and delivering the joy of the unexpected.
2024 is a year of celebration for The Fish, with their 30th anniversary show touring the country during the second half of the year – and there’s no better way for them to kick it off than on the Red Hot Summer Tour 2024. Amidst the 30th anniversary tour the band is looking forward to their fourth consecutive appearance at The Big Red Bash, and their third at Mundi Mundi Bash.
Who knows what else 2024 and beyond holds for The Fish? Join us for the ride and find out!
'I am for now, you are forever' - Zoran Romic
Adam Thompson – vocals
John Nixon – bass
Darren Danielson – drums
Norm Falvo - keys
Zakk Zedras - guitar