Showband shines at fifty

Sitting in an office as the Troupadores’ lead singer and keyboard player resigned, Anderson was quick to put his hand up. Slotting into the role of lead singer and bass player in 1969, five years after its creation, the Perth band was again on its way.

‘At that time you could change band members without much trouble. A lot of the bands were playing the same covers,’ he said.

‘Where I think we excelled was in entertaining the crowd because we always had characters in the band. I was always a bit of a showman.’

Anderson said it wasn’t long before their agent was billing them as the country’s premier show band, with performances night after night and a spot opening the Sydney Opera House ahead of Rolf Harris in 1973.

‘We didn’t really feel the pressure,’ Anderson said. ‘The title was just a tag. It was more that the name had to live up to us. We were who we were.’

One thing the band would eventually succumb to was the pressure of life on the road. With tour commitments galore, they made the move from WA to Surfers Paradise.

‘It didn’t make sense being in Perth when we were travelling all the time,’ Anderson said. ‘It was a nice, almost central location to be based for future travel.’

These days the band is back home and performs about four times per year. One show locked in for 2014 is the band’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Rock and Roll Ballroom at the Dalmatinac Soccer Club on May 3, where they will be joined by Johnny Young and Kompany.

‘We spoke about the 50th anniversary briefly and it was definitely an opportunity too good to pass up. There’ll be a bit of polishing up but once the drummer counts us in we’ll be sweet.’

Phone 9418 7576 for tickets.