‘We would aim to make enough money to live off through the week but most of the time we’d spend the money in the pub after the performance,’ Doodson laughed.
In those days, the Englishman thought he was destined for a career in physics, yet longed to be able to make a career as a singer and has since proved dreams can come true.
‘It’s been up and down as anyone who is in the arts will tell you,’ the only remaining original The Magnets member said.
‘We’ve had some great moments and also some terrible ones but have been lucky enough to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, supermodels in private parties and travelled all over the world from Zimbabwe to New Zealand.’
Doodson was last in town during 2011 for the Perth International Arts Festival.
He will return for a six-night season at Fringe World Festival with, The Magnets: All This Time, featuring original music and covers sung in perfect vocal harmony with a splash of British charm.
‘It’ll be pretty much new material so a different show from what audiences have seen before,’ he said.
‘When we do a cover, we don’t tend to do it exactly with the same tempo and feel.
‘We’ve now got the addition of an amazing beatboxer, and people should expect to go home singing and dancing.’
Doodson said he was looking forward to exploring Perth after such a fleeting stay previously.
‘We did pay a very brief visit down to Cottesloe Beach and I’m very keen to get back,’ he said.
‘And to also just enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that the city has to offer, so I’ll be tourist by day, performer by night.’