Ex-pat is ready to rock after joining the Prehistorics
He may be pushing the wrong side of 40, but Scunthorpe-born musician Simon Figliuzzi insists his decision to join The Prehistorics has nothing to do with his age.
Ex-steelworker Simon, 42, is the latest addition to the line-up of the ground-breaking Sydney-based alternative rock band – and he is enjoying every minute of it Down Under, where he emigrated in 1994.
In his role as guitarist, singer and writer he has been signed up by front man Brendan Sequeira and his fellow Prehistorics in time for a nationwide tour of Oz to celebrate their ten years in business and a new album.
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"The Prehistorics head-hunted me to jam with them. I love playing their stuff. It's very riff-tastic."
Simon and his fellow musicians are currently in the studios, recording the band's third album, before appearing at the Big Day Out Festival in Oz.
Next year the band have their sights set on making their name in the UK and the rest of Europe after recording two albums – Petrified and Subterranean Nightmare.
Simon, a former student at the Brumby Engineering College in Scunthorpe, said: "Those two albums have earned The Prehistorics a big reputation amongst Oz fans as an explosive rock band to be reckoned with.
"But now we would like to make our music known in Europe.
"It is time to spread our seed internationally."
Simon revealed the band would embark on their three-week maiden tour of Europe in May 2013, playing venues in Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
He said: "We are hoping to finish the tour in the UK with a handful of select dates. We are now in talks with promoters to play the newly transformed Scunthorpe Baths Hall."
For Simon, playing the Baths would be a dream come true.
He started his own music career playing in the Scunthorpe Telegraph's Rock Open at the Baths.