IT’s fair to say David Thompson’s not your typical rocknroller, as you’ll find out if you ask him what his favourite tipple is.
Mr Thompson laughs as he tells us, “People see the long hair and the tatts and they think it’ll be a pint of Jack Daniel’s. But no, it’s just a glass of water.”
He’s had a lifetime in the wild world of rock music but Mr Thompson has never been tempted by the booze or the drugs. In fact, he’s a family man.
The guitarist has spent his career rocking crowds around the world with his work as part of the Australian Eagles, who’ve been hugely successful playing the music of the beloved American band.
“There’s good money in being a tribute band if you do it right,” said Mr Thompson. And doing it right is what he’s all about. That extends past rock to being a dad, which has led to 3sACrowd kicking off the MusiQue series of concerts at Studio 188 on 27 January.
The band is a scratch collection of musos that includes Mr Thompson’s sons Samuel and Jackson.
They’ve followed in Dad’s footsteps and now Mr Thompson wants to help them break into the world of music. And these are no nepo babies. They’re talented musicians. Mr Thompson would not be appearing with them if they weren’t.
“They’ve always been committed,” Mr Thompson said. “I told them, if you want to do this, you’ve got to learn what you need to learn and stick with it.”
The sticking power he puts down to their mum, Khalee. With Mr Thompson away from home so much touring with the Australian Eagles, the onus has been on her to raise the boys. Now they too are ready to rock – but like Dad, they’re clean living and want to make music, not headlines.
What can we expect from 3sACrowd? West Coast rock is on the agenda, of course, but also plenty of country and even folk. It’s going to be a night for those who really enjoy people who really enjoy making great music.
“I’m excited to appear with them,” he said. “Especially since they’re so great. It’s proof that music brings a family together.”