IN the subdued surrounds of an accounting and taxation firm in Newcastle sits the final man to sing at Newcastle’s notorious Star Hotel.
Pete de Jong was lead singer of the Heroes and was on stage when the infamous riot broke out on the last night of the hotel.
These days, he’s marketing manager at Cutcher & Neale but still gets on stage with Heroes’ guitarist Jim Porteus in band the Smarts.
The Smarts will team with fellow rockers the Snapes, Gold Cadillac and Silverhair on September 22 to raise money for Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance.
The Sunday afternoon gig has been aptly named 500 years of Rock in reference to the players’ combined 500 years of rock music experience.
After the Star riot, the Heroes landed a recording contract and toured the country.
De Jong and co eventually got day jobs but still rock out when they can.
This time it’s in honour of muso Phil Jones, of Gold Cadillac, who is being treated for prostate cancer.
‘‘It made sense to pick up the alliance to support,’’ de Jong said.
‘‘Also, followers of these bands tend to be 45-plus and they’re in the drop zone for this kind of thing.’’
The gig will feature music from the glory days of rock including de Jong’s 70s-era days at the Heroes.
‘‘They were the days when live music was king in Newcastle and people would come in the thousands to see live music,’’ he said.
‘‘The actual riot was not something I had experienced, not many had before or since.’’
The bands will take to the stage at Wallsend Sporties from 4pm.
STAR LINE UP: Band members Phil Jones (Gold Cadillac), Pete de Jong (the Smarts), Russell Snape (the Snape Brothers) and Bruce Campbell (Silverhair) will be appearing with their bands at a gig this month to raise money for Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance. Picture: Phil Hearne