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October 12, 2017

L-R: Ian Hulme, Mark Gable, Lindsay Tebbutt (above) and Brad Williams.

Nostalgic memories will be washed down with beers at Sporties Barooga on November 17 when The Choirboys come to town.

The hard rock band that helped create the sound of a generation is back on tour with a new live album Pub Rock Live, which was released on September 25.

Blood, sweat and beers went into their newest album, which was recorded over the course of seven years through live gigs at pubs around Australia.

It includes classics such as Run to Paradise, which has been hailed as the unofficial rock anthem of Australia.

Lead singer Mark Gable said he didn’t clearly remember the last time he performed in Barooga because he was drunk at the time.

This time around he will only be drinking in the spirit of the 1970s metaphorically to maintain his 11-year sober streak.

The band was formed in 1979, which Gable fondly remembers as the greatest era of live pub rock.

‘‘Sixties and ’70s Australia was built on pub culture,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s the place everyone would go to meet their future ex-wives and husbands. We could fully express ourselves in that pub environment.

‘‘Then the internet came along and people stopped going out.’’

Gable has a love-hate relationship with the internet and is a self-described gamer and ‘mad internet nut’.

‘‘Things are changing. It is a very different world and a different system. It’s a little bit sad, but at least I live in an age where I can play Destiny 2 and upload the gameplay to YouTube.’’

His band still does it the old fashioned way, touring Australian pubs with their original line-up intact.

Together they will relive the soul of Australian pub rock at Sporties Barooga on Friday, November 17.

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