Read the biography behind the show Brothers, Angels & Demons. Find out the detail that has gone on to make up the backbone of this captivating theatre tale. Over the course of an evening of music and entertainment you will learn how the story told by the Brewster Brothers truly is a case of truth is better than fiction!
There are few stories in the Australian music industry more interesting and diverse than that of Rick and John Brewster, the founding musicians behind rock legends The Angels. Now, the Brewster brothers are getting ready to do something a little different and spend an evening with audiences where they’ll share the good bits, the bad bits and everything in between in this unique show Brothers, Angels and Demons. Having performed this unforgettable show as part of Adelaide Cabaret Festival a few years back, the brothers earned incredible acclaim and have been toying with the idea of putting together the Brothers, Angels and Demons concept into a full tour.
Now, it seems, with a massive couple of years under their belts touring as The Angels and also their respected side-project the Brewster Brothers, the time is right to share with audiences the other side of two of the most successful and influential songwriters in history. Brothers, Angels and Demons are hitting the road and coming to a town near you!
The Brewster Brothers grew up with an appreciation of completely different genres of music from Bob Dylan to the true classical aficionados, but instead found themselves gigging around Adelaide as The Moonshine Jug and String Band, and rapidly earned themselves not only appreciation from their musical peers (who would soon turn out to become fellow band members), but also received nods from the industry itself. This fast forwarded their blues-oriented covers shows into hard rockin’ gigs in some of the toughest pubs in Australia, first as The Keystone Angels… and then just The Angels, which took them into the reputed Alberts’ studios to lay down their debut record thanks to a recommendation from another set of legendary brothers, the Youngs.
Now, four decades on and celebrating their 40th Anniversary, two brothers who were once worlds apart in music are sitting back to reflect on their love of piano and acoustic guitar, and discuss their song writing process and how two typical Aussie blokes from Adelaide helped create some of the biggest and one of the most memorable songs in the history of the Australian music industry. This special show Brothers, Angels and Demons takes audiences on a wild ride from the start of The Angels, the Brewster brothers memories of recording in the legendary Alberts’ Studio 1, King Street, sometimes standing in line while AC/DC recorded one of their classic tracks, of things that happen on tour (and of course, some stories of which will always stay on tour) and the highs and lows of what is unquestionably one of the country’s most beloved rock bands.
Join the Brewster Brothers for a flashback journey through their four musical decades together. They’ll strap on the washboards to reveal their musical partnership beginnings with The Moonshine Jug & String Band, perform some of their most famous hit songs from The Angels and will bring you safely back to the present with songs from The Brewster Brothers. They’ll expertly demonstrate why they’re considered some of the country’s best songwriters and musicians, and it will soon become rapidly evident why the Brewster Brothers are so highly revered by their peers and why their talent, humbleness and complete and utter respect of their craft stands them apart.
Expect Australian rock secrets and stories from the road shared for the very first time outside of the backstage band room. This show has been described as Thunder, Lightning and Rock n Roll, and it’s certainly an apt description. This is one of those ‘on the edge of your seats’ shows that will have you mesmerised from the first opening chord and until the final encore. Brothers, Angels and Demons explores every facet of the Brewster Brothers lives and their near death misses. It sees them poised between life and health, hinged in a frozen moment when the small plane carrying them to a remote Northern Territory gig goes down in a cacophony of thunder and lightning… this plus the many flashbacks of their careers, their times on stage as The Angels, the appropriate and sometimes inappropriate actions of being on the road, the excitement of a soaring career and memories earned by a longevity into the hearts of Australian music fans.
This special show Brothers, Angels and Demons is all about Rick and John Brewster, the behind-the-scenes experiences of The Angels, their adventures in Australian rock combined with an unforgettable evening of live music… And what makes this show even more special, is that it is 100% a family affair – joining Rick and John Brewster on stage will be John’s three sons – Sam Brewster [bass], Tom Brewster [drums] and Harry Brewster [guitar] – bringing together a family who have earned their stripes together, shared unforgettable experiences together and are bringing them all on a stage. It’s definitely a rare opportunity nowadays to see multiple generations perform together on the same stage, Sam, Tom and Harry were brought up on the Brewster Brothers music, learned to play practising The Angels hit songs and are all now consummate musicians in their own right. Appearing on stage with their father and uncle is a special experience, not only for the family, but the audiences as well. An evening in the company of the Brewsters in Brothers, Angels and Demons will certainly be unforgettable.