Fossil Rock at the Cherry Street Sports Club last Saturday, where they will play their last gig on New Year’s Eve (from left) Joe Aleman, Jeff Massey, Garry Lavercombe and Paul Gill.
Fossil Rock at the Cherry Street Sports Club last Saturday, where they will play their last gig on New Year’s Eve (from left) Joe Aleman, Jeff Massey, Garry Lavercombe and Paul Gill.

Fossils to become history

THE music will soon be over for Fossil Rock.

The popular local band, formed 11 years ago, will do their final gig on New Year's Eve at the Cherry Street Bowling Club in Ballina.

Fossil Rock took their name because the original members had an average age of late 40s, early 50s.

But age has wearied only one member of the band, Garry Lavercombe, who at 62 will retire from performing after the Ballina gig.

Fellow members of Fossil Rock will pursue other ventures.

"We've had a great time playing at a lot of venues all over the coast," Garry said.

The Fossils are one of the longest-running cover bands in the region.

They have played more than 1000 gigs, and they have performed for charity, too.

From 2002-2008 Garry was involved in organising the entertainment for The Cancer Council's Relay for Life in Ballina and Lismore, with the Fossils performing.

The band also held a fundraising concert in Ballina for Victorian bushfire victims and another for Queensland flood victims. Both raised about $10,000.

There have been a few changes to the line-up through the years, and the current band members thanked all those who had been involved with the band.

And the fans, too.

"They have been so much fun to play to," Garry said.

The band will play at the Lismore Carols by Candlelight on Sunday, followed by other farewell gigs around the Northern Rivers.

 

Farewell gigs

You can say goodbye to Fossil Rock at:

  • Goonellabah Tavern on Saturday
  • Lismore Carols By Candlelight on Sunday
  • Exchange Hotel, Kyogle, on Friday, December 23
  • Lismore Workers Club, on Christmas Eve
  • Hotel Brunswick Heads on Boxing Day
  • Cherry Street Bowling Club, Ballina, New Year's Eve


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