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Interview:
Break Never Bothered Silverchair Members
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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A five-year break after touring to support its 2001 album “Diorama” wasn’t exactly what the Australian rock trio Silverchair had in mind.

But frontman Daniel Johns says he and his bandmates, who surfaced in 1995 with the modern rock hit “Tomorrow,” weren’t too worried about getting back together — and subsequently recording the new “Young Modern,” just released on these shores after debuting at No. 1 Down Under in March.

“We never said we’d broken up,” Johns, 28, explains. “But we definitely got to a point where we all just said, ‘Let’s have some time off, and if we want to do (the band) again, we’ll do it, and if we don’t, we won’t’ — literally that kind of openended. We didn’t have a plan or anything.

“So we all did our own thing for two or three years, and (Silverchair) came back together of its own accord.”

Johns, who started a side band called the Dissociatives during the interim, is happy to be able to play with anybody. After “Diorama’s” release, he contracted a severe case of reactive arthritis, a rare and debilitating disease that affected his whole body.

“I just couldn’t move for about a year — couldn’t sing or eat or have a shower. It was just horrible,” Johns recalls. “I tried to cure it for a long time. It got to a point where all the doctors I was seeing wanted to put me on chemotherapy drugs, and I started thinking to myself, ‘There’s got to be something better ...’

“My wife knew this really amazing holistic doctor in Los Angeles. All the doctors in Australia said I wasn’t allowed to fly, but I said (expletive) and snuck over, and four, five months later I was walking again, and three months after that, I was playing at the (Australian Grammy) Awards.”



Silverchair and We are the Fury perform at 8 p.m. Friday (August 3rd) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $22. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www. livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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