By MATTHEW MCKEW
The title of their 1983 album was Where Do They Go.
Now we know the answer.
Kiwi new-wave rockers Mi-Sex are set for their first home gig since the
Covid-19 outbreak, with their Aussie-based members crossing the Tasman
to perform at next year’s Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert.
They’ll join singing sensation Gin Wigmore, New Zealand-formed and
Aussie-based Dragon, and Aussie’s The Angels and Pseudo Echo for the
January 23 gig.
Tickets for locals went on sale on Thursday, and Mi-Sex bass guitarist Murray Burns can’t wait for the band’s Queenstown debut.
‘‘I’m actually from Southland and a lot of my friends live in Queenstown, so it’s going to be absolutely fantastic to come play.’’
Mi-Sex first launched in 1978, going on to have a no.1 hit in Australia titled
They hung up their instruments in ‘86 never to return — or so they thought — only to reunite in the wake of the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes for a fundraiser.
Noiseworks’ Steve Balbi took over the vocals from the late Steve Gilpin and
injected some fresh energy.
‘‘We really had no intention of playing at all … then Steve Balbi suggested
to Don he’d come sing with us,’’ Burns says.
‘‘It was just like getting on a bike, and Steve brought his own flavour to the songs.’’
Sadly Mi-Sex mourned the loss of another key member, Don Martin, to
cancer this year, but Burns says the bassist urged the remaining members to carry on.
‘‘An angel of a man and, as Don said to me before he left, ‘keep the flame burning’.
‘‘So with those words I feel he’ll be on stage with me.’’
Burns says the pleasure in performing’s never wavered — if anything, it’s
more fun now.
‘‘It’s more special, going on the road back then it would be three weeks,
playing every night with one night off.’’
Now, he says, they are able to be more selective of their gigs and savour the moments — there’s no ‘‘flogging it’’.
‘‘The people playing are just having such a good time and I’m honoured to
be playing with them, it’s a hell of a lot of fun and soon as that stops, we stop.’’
Tickets, via moshtix.co.nz, start from $130.