Second Thoughts return for one-off show

WIMMERA rock legends Second Thoughts are reforming for a one-off show at the National Hotel in Natimuk on March 1.

A mainstay of Horsham's burgeoning rock scene in the early to mid-1980s, the band relocated to Adelaide in 1984 to chase commercial success.

After spending time supporting Australian rock greats such as The Angels, Noiseworks and The Sunnyboys, they then formed a popular Cold Chisel tribute band called Circus Animals.

Lead singer Rick Ballinger said the show at Natimuk would include a mix of Chisel songs as well as original material that proved popular in the Wimmera before their move interstate.

"We're going to be doing Chisel, some Second Thoughts songs - between six and eight - and dig up some old covers from before we left Horsham; we'll be digging up a lot," he said.

Ballinger said despite their break-up in 1994, everyone had remained on good terms and had spent the interim years pursuing a number of different musical projects.

"We've kept in contact for a number of years; we're still very much part of each other's lives," he said. 

"We got together about a year ago at Rocklands Reservoir so the guys got talking."

He said the band was excited to get in front of a Wimmera crowd.

"We left Horsham in 1984. There are all the years in Adelaide - about eight - and a couple of years in Melbourne, as well as national tours," Ballinger said.

"We also continued to keep coming back to concerts around Horsham and the Wimmera. 

"The Wimmera is still close to all of us."

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