Mojos holds fond memories for Thompson, who was one of the first performers at the venue when it opened.
�Mojos just had an influence on my world through my 20s, I played so many gigs there, but I also saw a lot of amazing gigs,� he said.
�It�s a special venue for me as it�s in my home suburb of North Fremantle, stumbling distance from the house where I grew up and where my family still live.
�In terms of how I�ll feel playing there again, I�ve spent so much of life on stage, and on that stage in particular, so as soon as I step foot on it it�ll be like I was just there yesterday.�
Bringing his full band and a set full of songs from six different albums, Thompson said he felt like he had almost come full circle since the first time he stepped on that Mojos stage.
�I�m closer to that guy and that sound from back then in the later part of my career than when I was playing every blues and roots festival around in the mid to late-2000s,� he said.
�With every gig you learn something and I think after 20 years onstage now I�m also a better performer, who knows who he is, and that�s something that takes a while, to learn to be who you are onstage and to do your thing without pretending to be something you�re not.
�When I started out on those first gigs, I didn�t fully understand a lot of that stuff yet, that if you�re real enough, that�s the most rock �n� roll thing you can do; it�s not about how many beers or lines you do, it�s about being yourself and getting the crowd going off.� Thompson�s nostalgia at being home has inspired a raft of new music, so much so that Thompson said he is well set up for a new album once he returns from playing shows in London and Germany.
Thompson will perform at Mojos Bar on July 4. Visit www.oztix.com.au for tickets.