George to celebrate 20th anniversary with Missy Higgins at Kings Park


George (Tyrone Noonan second from left).
George (Tyrone Noonan second from left).

IN 2002, Brisbane band George was on top.

The group was formed in 1996 by singer Katie Noonan and her multi-instrumentalist brother Tyrone.

Six years later their debut album, Polyserena, entered the ARIA chart at number one.

Showcasing Katie’s ethereal voice, and powered by tracks like Special Ones, Breathe in Now and Spawn, Polyserena vaulted George into the public eye.

But by 2005 it was over.

Second album Unity failed to have an impact and the band went on hiatus as members pursued other projects.

Katie Noonan became a mother and recorded a series of solo albums, while Tyrone spent five years living overseas, three of them in New York.

Now George is back, performing a series of concerts to mark the 20th anniversary of their formation.

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After committing to a comeback show, Tyrone admitted he was apprehensive before the first rehearsal.

“The thing that was amazing was how surreal and how normal it was at the same time, to start playing this music again,” he said.

“It very quickly started to sound like George.

“We’ve already done one gig at the Brisbane Festival and it was absolutely amazing.

“It was as if we’d never stopped.”

Next George will visit Perth, supporting Missy Higgins in her show with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Kings Park on December 3.

“Kings Park is, and always has been, my favourite venue to play in Australia,” Tyrone said.

“It’s come full circle; when Missy was starting out she was supporting George and now we’re supporting her.”

As for the future, Tyrone won’t rule out the possibility of a new George album at some point.

“Once we get to the end of those shows, I think we’d all be a bit silly if we kind of said ‘Ok, see you later, that was fun’,” he said.

“But that’s not just down to me. George is very much a democracy, so it’ll be up to how the five of us are feeling at the end of it.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: An Evening with Missy Higgins and WASO

Where: Kings Park and Botanic Garden

When: December 3

Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.au