EIGHTIES GLAM bands haven’t been seen in Tamworth since just then, the 80’s.
And it’s not the only 80’s throwback the iconic Imperial Hotel is holding centre stage this weekend.
Bar staff, publicans and patrons from arguably one of fashion’s best eras will come back to the country music capital for a reunion.
“People from all ages used to come here and everyone has a story, every tradie that’s come in here since we’ve had the renovations has been here – it’s a bit of an iconic hotel,” manager Mike Vee said.
“We’ve invited a few of the old publicans and people who have been here back and I’ve had a lot of people excited to come and have a look.”
The pub was built in 1910 and has seen a number of iterations, new stages and transformations over the years – it first opened around 1912.
Each publican brought a new vision to ‘The Impy’ as it”s affectionately known by locals, and now the pub has gone through possibly its biggest change yet.
Soon to be renamed the Imperial Brewhouse, the pub now hosts a cafe, Italian restaurant, pizzeria, gelatisserie, lounge, dance floor and its own brewery.
It has hosted bands from Daryl Braithwaite to Ian Moss and the Screaming Jets, Mr Vee said, and the aim is to make it a place where everyone feels welcome.
“We’re gradually trying to bring people who appreciate live music back,” he said.
The 80’s reunion kicks off on Friday with Eric Grothe and the Gurus’ Band and a DJ in 181 studio, and on Saturday the Glam Stars, a live 80’s tribute band takes to the stage at 8pm.