Eric Grothe and the Gurus
It’s time to party with the Guru!
If it’s a fun night of entertainment you’re after, then Eric Grothe with his band The Gurus are a sure bet for your venue, function, corporate event or festival.
Eric Grothe & The Gurus are a solid, rockin’, four piece party/dance band that has its origins with Sydney acts Three Day Grothe, Dave Gleeson & His Band The Stilsons and The Booze Brothers.
The band performs a selection of the best of rock and popular music from the 70’s and 80’s right through to current hits and is fronted by Rugby League legend Eric Grothe Snr. on guitar and vocals. Eric is popular with any audience and enjoys meeting and being photographed with the NRL fans that often bring along their Rugby League memorabilia to be autographed.
Since forming more than 7 years ago the band has featured a variety of special guest artists including Dave Gleeson (The Screaming Jets), Jon Stevens (Noiseworks), Wolf Mail (USA blues artist), Mike Vee (Australia’s Got Talent Finalist & The Whispering Jack Show ), Mal Eastick, Phil Emmanuel & Sahra McLeod (Superjesus).
Football Career Overview – Eric Grothe
Eric is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 1980s. A New South Wales and Australian representative winger, he played club football for the Parramatta Eels with whom he won four NSWRL premierships.
Known as “the Guru” due to his long locks and beard in his playing years, as well as his hobby of meditation, he played a total of 150 first grade career games for Parramatta, scoring 78 tries. Unfortunately, his club and representative career was restricted by recurring knee injuries.
Grothe’s size, speed and trademark ability to break a tackle through sheer strength enabled him to perfectly book-end Parramatta’s star studded backline of the early 1980s outside Brett Kenny, Mick Cronin, Peter Sterling and Steve Ella. Along with dual union and league international Ray Price, these stars formed the nucleus of a side which dominated the New South Wales Rugby League premiership between 1981 and 1986, playing in five Grand Finals, winning four (1981, 1982, 1983, 1986), as well as finishing runner up in 1984 and third in 1985.
Grothe represented Australia in eight Tests between 1982 and 1984 and made the 1982 Kangaroo Tour. He had nine State of Origin appearances for New South Wales between 1981 and 1986.
Since retiring, Grothe has been named amongst the nation’s finest footballers of the 20th century.
Eric is a well-received guest at sporting functions/events and also tours with his band Eric Grothe & The Gurus.