Daryl's rocking Whyalla return

ROCKER: Pop legend Daryl Braithwaite is exciting to return to Whyalla after touring here in the late 80's.
ROCKER: Pop legend Daryl Braithwaite is exciting to return to Whyalla after touring here in the late 80's.

ARIA Hall of Famer Daryl Braithwaite says he’s looking forward to returning to Whyalla for the BY THE C festival, planning to rock the steel city as part of a stellar line-up.

Mr Braithwaite will be joined by rock legend Jimmy Barnes and a strong supporting cast of Ian Moss, Richard Clapton and Ross Wilson at the festival this weekend.

Whyalla is not a new frontier for Mr Braithwaite, who would regularly tour here in the 1970’s and in the late 80’s after the release of his second album Edge.

Mr Braithwaite saw this concert as both an opportunity to return to Whyalla and share the stage with a strong cast of country and pop stars.

“I’m really looking forward to it,’ he said.

“I love to travel around Australia, I find it interesting to come back to Whyalla given it has been so long. I’m excited to see the change in the city.

“I’m sure the community will appreciate all of the acts that are on because they don’t see them that often.”

Daryl’s setlist will include songs from his classic Edge and Rise albums and tunes from his time in the band Sherbet between 1970 and 1984.

He also plans to perform his hit cover of the Rickie Lee Jones song “The Horses”.

“My band and I have been playing together for 25 years, and it’s still a lot of fun to play,” Mr Braithwaite said.

“I’ve played three or four shows with Jimmy Barnes and it’s always electric doing these kinds of gigs. There’s a lot of good acts on the bill and then you have Jimmy to top it off.”

The last time Daryl Braithwaite performed in Whyalla, the music scene was flourishing, with bands like Cold Chisel, AC/DC and Fraternity playing live shows in the steel city.

“It was always on the list, that whenever you came to Adelaide, you would perform at Whyalla,” he said.

“Obviously it’s dropped off a bit in the last 10 years or so, but it would be nice to see more acts coming up there.”

The BY THE C concert is coming to The Oval at Whyalla High School this Saturday, February 16. Gates open at 2pm.