The rock is strong with Aimee Francis. The Melbourne-born Sydney gal has being playing live since she was fifteen and has toured the world and played shows with the likes of Pat Benatar and Steel Panther. She had her ‘yep, this is what I want to do’ moment in 2001 when she won tickets to a Billy Idol concert. It was his guitarist Steve Stevens, however, that captivated her, and it has all been for the music since. In 2013 she arguably had her biggest year. Internationally she played a you snooze you lose tour of the US (which included a show at the Whisky and several dates at SXSW), while locally she played a massive 30-date tour of Australia. Four of these shows, by the way, were in support of Pink. ‘Never Come Back’ is the single she is flogging at the moment. Speaking about the single on her Facebook page, Aimee writes: “It was written about a past love that decided to try and crawl back into my life … They had walked all over me and then all of a sudden left without a word. A few years late I got a message … and left it the fuck alone! Here’s to feeling your self-worth and standing up for yourself.” Babushka, Ballarat – August 23. With Steve Saxton.