Queenstown’s lucky gig

Queenstown gig: Former frontman of The Exponents Jordan Luck plays at Coronet Peak with Joe Walsh and Bryan Bell from Jordan Luck Trio PICTURE: MEGAN MOSS PHOTOGRAPHY

Kiwi rock legend Jordan Luck is heading south for a snow shindig.

The Exponents frontman is playing Coronet Peak tomorrow for its last night-skiing session.

Luck will be joined by Joe Walsh and Bryan Bell on guitar rather than his Exponents bandmates.

They haven’t played the resort since WinterFest 2014, when they opened the festival.

Luck says the trio are excited.

“We don’t get down there as often as we would like.”

His career kicked off in the 1980s with Dance Exponents, when he was 20.

Their debut single Victoria is a Kiwi classic alongside other hits — Why Does Love Do This To Me, Who Loves Who The Most and I’ll Say Goodbye (Even Though I’m Blue).

The band, who became The Exponents in the early 90s, notched up 18 Top 40 singles over the years.

Luck says he never tires of singing them.

“Ten years into it when songs like Victoria were really popular I thought ‘flip I might be singing these songs for a while’. The stuff is 40 years old.”

He started playing guitar at high school — a hobby that would help his future career.

“Before we got together we had all been playing for about four or five years. In retrospect this gave us experience that a lot of other bands at the same time didn’t have.”

Luck says the band, which also included Michael Harrallambi, Dave Gent and Brian Jones, were a bit surprised by their popularity.

They officially split in 1999, but do perform together the odd time.

At the 2007 Apra Silver Scroll Awards, Luck was named the first inductee to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in recognition of his “outstanding body of work”.

The oldies are his favourites.

“There is something beautiful in naivety and not actually knowing what you are doing.

“I look back on some of the early songs and I think ‘yeah, that is pretty tricky’. While I didn’t know what I was doing it sounded good to me.”

Crude versions were all done by ear initially.

He’d simply work out a tune on the guitar or piano, come up with a melody, chord structure and lyrics.

If they stuck, he knew the track was a keeper.

“Otherwise it can’t have been that good if I didn’t remember it the next day.”

A track would be officially penned after he’d shared the material with the band.

He’s never had a strict formula.

Some tracks come out of the blue and he’ll instantly have a melody and lyrics.

At other times he’ll compose poems which ultimately become lyrics he’ll put a tune to.

But, while he enjoys writing, nothing beats performing live.

Luck says Queenstowners are in for a treat.

“There is nothing quite like being on stage.” – LOUISE SCOTT

Catch the Jordan Luck Trio, tomorrow, from 4pm, Coronet Peak ski area. Free. Night ski pass $59