The Gadflys will perform at Canberra Rocks on March 11.
The Gadflys were at the height of their career, performing on a hit television show and relishing their time at the top when an untimely tragedy stopped them in their tracks.
The punk-rock outfit - formed in the early '80s by Canberra brothers Mick and Phil Moriarty - scored the gig of their dreams when they were chosen as the band for the ABC's hugely popular Good News Week.
Frontman Mick says the consistent work from Good News Week provided the band with a rare opportunity.
''I was writing songs weekly with Paul McDermott, which we were then performing live. So we'd write it on Tuesday and then perform it live in front of quite a few people on Saturday night,'' he says.
''It was great for the Gadflys because we were just doing original stuff every week. I don't think that sort of thing has been around for a long, long time. It was a rare opportunity for me, just all that turnover of material.''
It was during their time on the show in 2000 that the band's bassist, 33-year-old Andy Lewis, tragically took his own life after battling an addiction to gambling.
Mick says the death of their mate left the band devastated.
''We played on for a little while with some chums who were related to a whole scene that Andy and we had come from, but it ran out of steam … a year or so after he died,'' he says.
''[So] we sort of just stopped for quite a while. It was hard in the scheme of things at the time. It had been quite a few years of hard work and we were just tired and emotional.''
Lewis had been the original bassist for the Whitlams, and it was his addiction that served as inspiration for Tim Freedman's song, Blow Up the Pokies.
Mick says he's never been able to appreciate the renowned tune.
''I thought it was kind of cheap actually,'' he says. ''I like Tim and I think he's got a lot of good stuff but I didn't think he needed to … trade on Andy's demise that way, but that's only my view.''
While the Moriarty brothers now live in different states, they still manage to get together for the odd gig.
These days the outfit is joined by Elmo Reed on double bass.
''He's a guy who played in Canberra many years ago. He's one of the true rare pearls of Canberra musicianship,'' Mick says.
The Gadflys will return to Canberra - alongside many of the capital's iconic bands from over the years - to perform at the Canberra Rocks centenary concert.
Mick says the impending reunion brought back memories of playing to packed-out crowds at the Manuka Football Club and former Kingston establishment Boot and Flogger.
''There's an awful lot to look forward to and [Canberra Rocks will] be a great chance for me to run into a lot of old friends,'' he says.
''[The Canberra music scene then] was very rudimentary. There were lots of boys in vans with PAs … just lugging things into rooms wherever they could. It was a great time to be playing; it was certainly exciting for me.''
The Gadflys @ Canberra Rocks
WITH: the church, Hancock Basement, Super Best Friends and more
WHEN: March 11
WHERE: Around Lake Burley Griffin
TICKETS: Free event