Kyabram-born guitarist Joe Matera is excited to be opening for 1970s pop band sensation the Bay City Rollers during their June and July Melbourne shows.
‘‘I grew up listening to these guys when I was 10 years old when they hit the scene in Scotland and still have their vinyls. I never would have thought I would go from listening to their music to opening for them,’’ he said.
Mr Matera will be performing his solo music on stage to a sold-out audience during the June 30 show at Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel with the July 2 show at Crown Casino also expected to fill out within weeks.
Mr Matera attended St Augustine’s primary and secondary schools in Kyabram from 1970 to 1980, and became well known on the Goulburn Valley music scene during the 1990s with cover band On The Prowl.
He is now based in Melbourne as a professional musician performing every week and has built up a reputation in European countries with five tours in the past five years.
‘‘My music has made the top 100 in the Netherlands charts and the top 20 on Radio Berlin; with each album I gain more fans,’’ Mr Matera said.
Mr Matera said there were many Australian artists making names from themselves overseas rather than in the local scene.
‘‘Radio stations in the European nations and their audiences are more open to playing different music than those in Australia,’’ he said.
‘‘It takes some hard work but you are rewarded.’’
Mr Matera said he was currently working on a new EP and described his music as guitar-based rock music that had a catchy tap-your-foot-along kind of beat to it.
The Bay City Rollers from Scotland sold 120million records and had a huge teenage fan base during their heyday in the mid-1970s.
Their hits included Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang.
Their Australian tour starts on June 29 in Canberra and runs until July 12 in Adelaide.