8:00pm – Monday, April 25 on ABC1
When Australian rock band Jet won its first Aria seven years ago, there was no one prouder than David Powell, their original manager.
In 2002 Powell took on a young band that didn’t have a name – soon to be Jet – and booked regular gigs at the Duke of Windsor, one of Melbourne’s main live venues.
By 2003, Powell and Jet were boarding a plane for Los Angeles to record the Get Born album at the legendary Soundset Studios.
While the Jet juggernaut went on to dominate local and international rock charts, fate was less kind to Powell. He was dumped by the band on the cusp of international fame and soon after was left fighting for his life in hospital.
“It really was the moment where the innocence of it all was lost. To be completely honest, I don’t think it was ever that fun after that either,” reveals Nic Cester, Jet lead vocalist.
But Powell’s support of Jet has never waivered despite tensions that have arisen over the years. As for Jet, the price of fame has seen them take a break from ‘Jet Land’ this year.
Australian Story features candid interviews with Jet brothers Nic and Chris Cester, You Am I’s Davey Lane, family and friends.
Highlights include never-before-seen home video of Jet’s seminal trip to LA and a spontaneous acoustic performance of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ at Powell’s hospital bedside wedding to longtime girlfriend, Leah Cooper.