LEGENDS: Australian band Mental As Anything will be performing in Ballina on June 5.
LEGENDS: Australian band Mental As Anything will be performing in Ballina on June 5. Contributed

Going mental for rock legends at Seagulls

AFTER almost four decades of touring the country and performing countless gigs, it’s a wonder these musicians have remained sane.

Or perhaps that’s where they got their band name.

But one thing’s for sure, the five members of Mental As Anything are tried-and-tested Australian rock legends. The band rose out of the late seventies in Sydney and apparently played for the first time together on August 16, 1977 – the night Elvis died.

Currents band members are Martin Plaza on vocals and guitar, Andrew “Greedy” Smith on vocals, keyboards and harmonica, Jacob Cook on drums, Martin Cilia on guitar and James Gillard on bass and vocals. In 2009, the band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Mental As Anything are best known for their songs If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? and Too Many Times (both from 1981), Live It Up (1985) and Rock and Roll Music (1988).

At one point, the band held the record for the most Top 40 hits in Australia by Australians. The Mentals’ Let’s Cook video clip, released in 1982, was exhibited in the NY Museum of Modern Art.

Over more than three decades, the band has released 14 studio albums.

Mental As Anything will perform in Ballina next month, with special guest Dan Hannaford.

Event details

Mental As Anything are performing at Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Football Club at Kingsford Smith Park on Sunday June 5 from 5pm.

Tickets online at www.trybooking.com/197572 or at at Seagulls Club.



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