NO this isn’t science fiction and it could be met with more pain than pleasure from some fans.
Legendary Australian rock band, Divinyls, will reform this summer five years after the death of iconic frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett for a national tour that includes an appearance at Newcastle’s Live At The Foreshore on March 16.
Divinyls guitarist, founding member and songwriter, Mark McEntree, will relaunch the new line-up on February 27 at Geraldton with Baltimore-bred, LA-based singer-songwriter, Lauren Ruth Ward, covering for Amphlett on lead vocals.
Original Blondie guitarist and one-time Divinyls member Frank Infante, and ex-Sleepy Jackson drummer Malcolm Clarke and bassist J Cortez complete the new line-up.
“I’m not trying to replace Chrissy, but I really want to play the songs we wrote together,” McEntee told Sunrise.
“It’s not a sad thing, it’s a celebration, not a tribute.”
Divinyls were one of the most successful Australian bands of the ’80s and early ’90s, recording classics like Boys In Town, Science Fiction, Pleasure and Pain, Back To The Wall and the US No.2 smash I Touch Myself.
Amphlett, who was famous in her early years for dressing as a provocative school girl, is arguably Australia’s greatest ever female rock star. Amphlett died in 2013 aged 53 from breast cancer, four years after the Divinyls last performance.