Paul McDermott’s Near Death Experience with Regal Theatre season

Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston.
Paul McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Paul ‘Flacco’ Livingston.

LIKE their show�s title, Near Death Experience, The Doug Anthony Allstars� season at Regal Theatre in October was close to becoming a casualty when Paul McDermott was summonsed for jury duty.

�The trial was 15 weeks and when I�m the only source of income for my existence that�s not great,� McDermott said.

�That�s not to say that I�m not all for seeing justice done. I�d love to sit on a jury and judge my peers, but unfortunately I wasn�t able to do it on this occasion.�

The trio � McDermott, Tim Ferguson and Paul �Flacco� Livingston � has kept the DAAS train running since the 20-year reunion tour in 2014.

McDermott joked the longevity of the DAAS return was thanks to Ferguson�s multiple sclerosis, which has him using a wheelchair.

�We didn�t think Tim was going to last this long and now we�re committed to continuing the journey,� the 53-year-old said.

�It�s one of those things when a fellow in a chair with a shortened life expectancy asks if we�d like to get the band back together, you sort of feel there�s a little bit of guilt involved.

�But it has proven to be an absolute unbridled, unstoppable carousel of delirious delight.�

The Room 101 host said Near Death Experience would be different to the Perth shows last year, with new songs and a few old ones �to satisfy the clamouring fans from the past�.

�Essentially the Allstars has been a forward moving vehicle, it doesn�t loiter in past glory and we�ve noticed that every song we�ve brought back from the old days we�ve bent out of shape completely,� he said.

�It was a lovely machine back in the day and just turned into a beautiful vehicle once again.�

McDermott said he believed in political correctness and did not think DAAS had ever been politically incorrect.

�I think an aspect of political correctness is being able to speak about any topic but not indulge in demonising or degrading other people because of their background, religion or beliefs,� he said.

�We have just always in the Allstars said the things other people haven�t wanted to say.

�There�s a certain amount of brash honesty with what we used to and still do now, where some people like that and some don�t.

�Thankfully, so far we�ve sold out across the country, so I think there are a few people who like it and certainly in the last show we were very honest about this current government.

�I don�t believe they can keep going with all the disasters that keep engulfing them and the stupidity and ugliness of how they�re treating other people.�

THE ESSENTIALS

What: The Doug Anthony Allstars � Near Death Experience

Where: Regal Theatre, Subiaco

When: October 23 and 24

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au