IT WAS “inevitable” that Tim Rogers would be asked to take his shirt off for one of his latest escapades – modelling for retail giant David Jones.
Luckily, the You Am I singer found the humour in it and gladly obliged.
From footy player to model to soul singer, Tim Rogers’ interests continue to “ping pong” with the famously exuberant performer continuing to dish up a variety of goods worthy of his rock god status.
Modelling was not a career path he thought he’d ever take, however, with Rogers exemplifying the concept of “swagger” inside a slick David Jones fashion campaign.
“They asked me to do it and it was a great way to pay for my daughter’s tuition in America,” he said.
“I chose my own clothes and did my own thing. I thought it was inevitable they would ask me to take my shirt off and I thought that was kind of humorous for a middle-aged kind of bloke.
“I really liked the director (and) I wasn’t asked to do anything other than be myself.”
Rogers certainly has plenty of swagger, even if he jokes it’s of the wrong kind. “Twenty years of playing the stage and 40 years of football, I barely have any knees left so I walk with a swagger anyway.
“It’s a little reminder that I times I did exert myself. I try pretty hard most nights, and really if my legs go, I’ve had a pretty good run with it.”
Rogers says his musical interests – much like his profession –remains eclectic.
“I’m listening to some sea shanty … and last night I was listening pretty much exclusively to late 70s American hardcore punk. It really ping pongs around everywhere, depending on my company and what kind of terrible physical condition I’m in,” he said.
Back on tour with You Am I lead guitarist Davey Lane and visiting Ballarat next week, Rogers, who has in the past admitted to struggling with anxiety problems, said he doesn’t even try to stay sane while on the road.
“You don’t even try, don’t even attempt. Your sanity is the least important thing. It’s not that it’s all crazy and drugs, it’s just a different way to living,” he said.
Rogers and Lane will perform at Suttons House of Music next Thursday, May 5. For details, visit www.suttonshouseofmusic.com.au
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