It was only last week that The Hard-Ons announced the Sydney leg – part of Great Southern Nights 2022 – of their March/April I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken Tour, but it seems like they couldn’t restrain themselves. The band’s new line-up – co-founders Ray Ahn and Peter ‘Blackie’ Black, longtime drummer Murray Ruse, and new kid on the block Tim Rogers – took to the stage at Woy Woy’s Link and Pin Cafe on Friday night – under the name Clandestine Sausage – and tore the joint down.
The Link and Pin is a venue run by Mark Fraser, an old friend of the band who released the very first Hard-Ons record, the Surfin’ On my Face EP, on his Vi-nil Records label, way back in 1985. The occasion was the Link and Pin’s first anniversary. The lucky bunch in attendance saw Australian punk and rock’n’roll history in the making.
Mark Fraser described the gig on Facebook, when he shared the pics you can see here, as “one of the most exciting live gigs I and everyone there that night have ever experienced. I shit you not… Rogers writhed and wriggled and completely owned that Gabba Gabba Hey stage. The ultimate frontman! A presence that just demands your attention, backed by one of the finest, loudest punk bands in the country. History was made in The Woy tonight!”.