Tina Turner, Jimmy Bonds, Apollo Stadium discussed on Conversations

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This is an ABC podcast. Wind Jimmy bonds was a teenager he and some mates kicked in the back door of the Apollo Stadium in Adelaide to see Tina and arc turn. Jimmy. Made his way to the very front and he was transfixed by Tina's power her energy legs. He was also mesmerized by the driving power of the band on turn is direction. The magic combination Jimmy encountered that night of Saul and force and precision is what he's aimed for with his own music. They've been many times with call Chisel and as a solo performer that he's got there. There have also been times when other things got in the way. Booze and drugs and the demons of his troubled childhood. Over the last few years, Jimmy balance has been bringing those demons out into the lot by writing the story of his life I in working class boy then working class man and now in his new book killing time. And a warning Jimmy is very candid about his life story and there are elements that some of you might find upsetting Haji me. How well do you remember that? Tina. Turner Gig. I remember very well I mean just from that was just it was inspiring me and my mates. By the way we didn't particularly go see Tina Turner we just to any concert at the Apollo Stadium, which was the big was where the only international acts played in late and we were just hoodlums and so basically would go there and we had this system we knew there was about Tena Twenty ever. So would keep the back door and and there was only two or three bounces so they can only catch a few of us. So you'd sacrifice one to your best friends and then you know the rest of his little get in. And we used to do this and almost every week and not seeing all sorts of weird and wonderful things of course, Edward River Deep Mountain high and it was a fan of that song but I didn't really know what to expect. I got in there. Of course, says Tina just looking fabulous in the front where the cats so I did everybody does your random the front I got on the front and it wasn't just the literally we've just the all these legs in front of me was amazing. But it more than that was just the intensity that the woman sang within the power and the commitment to what she was doing was just. was like mesmerized by this as a young fellow Smith fourteen or something I never stopped being beside abandoned my we were in the garish man I was watching of just growing. And and I just happened for second to gaze pass these incredible women that were performing seen this guy in the back and I noticed everybody in the band was watching him and and he was bang every time he moved his leg, the bandit, an accent it was intense and he was really he was a taskmaster and it was China and so I I know as everybody else does knows I turned out to be a really bad cat but he knew how to run a band I think that drive and power that he was demanding from US band the probably push Tina hotter and hotter every every show and obviously because she did so much after she left, she hadn't even hateful speech. She was incredible woman and I was lucky like I watch the show an alert. On this I want to do this is the way I want to drive a ban. I want it to be that intense that passionate that where people can ignore it and I sort of apply that to my my career forever. But I was lucky enough to work with Tina much later and I tell you quite often you meet people you've looked up to you know there's always nice but there's you know there's mellowed or the they're not really they don't live up to what you expected Tino was everything and more. Frighteningly good good. I think by the time of that Gig left school were about to leave school how you making money as a teenager. Left school and worked in just garages know we wouldn't. He my parents wanted me say my dad was sort of insisting that I sort of would only be allowed to leave screw I if if I got an apprenticeship but I managed to get an a push back in school again and at about. Fifteen and a half I applied for an apprenticeship at the the sides of strain railways and got a job as a as a moulder in the foundry, and if you don't know what that is is basically like metallurgy, you work with Molten Mail, which is you know when you think of a a sixteen year old take. And and drinking all night going to work in a final the next morning. Boring. Multan, three thousand degrees centigrade isn't a very good thing. But I end up every that it was pretty good apprentice openly and I stayed at that job for about six months in a hitch to inform the the in terrible states sometimes like you're straight from being out to the to the factory and outside of of the factory on the streets of Elizabeth and the pods of Adelaide that you'd hang out in as a teenager. How rough did things get Jimmy we just? Thought it was normal. It was it was sort of you know it was rough at home. Most of these were fairly troubled homes, very poor lots of drinking alcohol. So we were all quite used to rough and it was really an extension when we got as kids, we did a role model such as what to do and that was in like something smashed it. You know. So basically, we were out in the streets. Gangs Street gangs, and we were all hanging at the shopping center. Every night that week and we'd we'd walk the streets and look for trouble. We know whether it was you know fighting. People didn't WANNA fight us. We'd find people who did but I must tell you even back. Then I could fight because you had to either either were aggressive or your victim. So you sort of had to do, but my heart was never really in my friends there who will probably even more trouble than I was out of I remember lots of never getting these fights Leah death people were getting stumped gutters and with glasses and bottles and crowbars and anything get your hands on and I just could never do I I learn how to fight and take people on. I worked early, if you pick the biggest guy with the biggest mouth can't necessarily fight. So I was smart. You know hit the biggest guy then that'd be all over not. So that wouldn't have to go beserk and it was. Just didn't sit with me as as a as a kid. A essentially a general sort of person. So I didn't have my heart and and it was really always looked music was my way of escaping from that violence, and so I would get the gang and said they were GONNA go. Let's go the fight and US. Let's go policy idioms when know the end stop trouble and basically where every time we kick the door and you know they'd go looking for trouble fighting bounces or or other punters and I be watching music I remember one night we kicked the door and went winning and I'd never heard about molly before molly was playing and as soon as. The whole arena just smelt. Funny. and. I'm watching I'm going to miss pretty good and end the band started and it was just frighteningly good. I've never heard a groove like my life and you know all my just looking for trouble trying to fight hippies and I and I was just I was learning about music every day. So in the midst of all this violence I was still you know like we'd go to the coffee shop you try pick up girls and do all this stuff and it'd be picking up songs on the radio from the Jukebox I was the Aguada. Come from a line of fighters. Dad was a boxer really accomplished amateur boxer. Tell me the story of his being allowed in a prison cell back in Scotland with a man who'd assaulted deceased. Glasgow Justice You know my dad was very tough he but he was by the way champion in Britain and Scottish amateur champion. Street fighter my grandfather used to fight being knuckles. But hardening runs in the family run right We lived in a place called coquette, which was a pretty rough suburb at the time away anywhere in a city Glasgow bring tough and someone was there was a back alley which they called a close, which was where the the robbery spins. It was the only toilet for the for the tenement buildings was zero. You didn't.

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