Chris Masuak (ex-Radio Birdman), Dog Soldier, Baby 8, The Fiction.

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Chris Masuak (ex-Radio Birdman), Dog Soldier, Baby 8, The Fiction.

Six years after his last visit to Australia, former Radio Birdman guitarist Chris “Klondike” Masuak is returning with his hand-picked local band Dog Soldier for a select run of East Coast shows.

He’ll play the Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong on Saturday, May 27 with Baby 8 and The Fiction.

Masuak’s musical history reads like a muscle car ride through the mean streets of Australia’s rock and roll underground. The Canadian-born Masuak achieved teenage notoriety as guitarist for Australia’s legendary Radio Birdman, and then waged a War Against The Jive with the country’s hardest working rock and roll band, The Hitmen. Next came a stint with the original live version of the New Christs followed by international prominence with the chart busting Screaming Tribesmen. A member of the ARIA Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Masuak has an impressive back catalogue of rock, pop and blues releases under his own name and fronting the Viveiro Wave Riders. He is now based in Galicia in northern Spain.

Dog Soldier comprises bassist Tony Bambach (Aberration, Green Spiders, ex-Lime Spiders) and drummer Stu Wilson (Aberration, The Rivers, ex-New Christs). Chris Masuak’s Dog Soldier will re-trace Klondike’s storied career, drawing on material from his key bands – with a few surprises thrown in.