Not long now before we serve up our FOURTH 96FM’s Kickstart Summer Concert!

Not only is the one and only Jimmy Barnes headlining this year’s gig – it’ll be his only WA show on his Shutting Down Your Town national tour.

Joining Barnesy on the bill is Daryl Braithwaite, Diesel, Killing Heidi and local outfit, The Stanleys.

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The line-up also includes one of Australia’s most underrated acts: Thirsty Merc.

Frontman Rai Thistlethwayte joined Botica’s Bunch, who asked one of the most obvious, but burning, questions.

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Where did the band get its name?

“I used to drive an old Merc,” Rai said before clarifying that it was, of course, “a thirsty Merc.”

But Rai is a creative guy, so it wasn’t just about the car.

“I was also a play on ‘thirsty work’ in there as well,” he continued.

“I dunno if that’s a nod to the Australian drinking culture, I’m not really sure.

“I just thought a bit of rhyming slang’s an Aussie sort of concept, and the old car I sort of used to drive up to rehearsal, so it came a bit from there.”

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Now you know.

96FM’s Kickstart Summer Concert, Sunday November 10, Ascot Racecourse.

Head to ticketmaster.com.au for ticket information.

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