Mildura Weekly : Friday May 29 2015 Vol 9 No 29
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU IT is said in music circles that Daddy Cool frontman Ross Wilson (RIGHT) is one of the few people who can’t make a comeback...sim- ply because he’s never really been away from the scene. The singer/songwriter has been one of the nation’s leading artists for almost 50 years, and is on the road again in 2015, criss-crossing the country in a tour that will in- clude a performance at the Went- worth Club on Saturday, June 6. As well as being recognised for leading top bands Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock, Morris achieved near-cult status for writing the hits Eagle Rock, Cool World and A Touch of Paradise, and did produc- tion work for the legendary Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep, The Johnnys and The Screaming Jets. Over the years his songs have been recorded by the likes of Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, DEF-FX, Custard, Jennifer Rush, Troy Cassar- Daley, Leslie Avril, Hey Gringo, You Am I, Uncle Bill, Keke (Spain), Re- nee Geyer, Christine Anu, Duane Jarvis (USA), Elkie Brooks (UK), Ann Kirkpatrick and Lee Ker- naghan, Sovereign, Pleasantville, Beccy Cole, Sonic Jihad - and The Wiggles! Wilson led a Daddy Cool reviv- al in 2005, the first time they had been together since 1975, and later that year, was part of the Monda Rock ‘comeback,’ which attracted a crowd of 80,000. In late 2008, Wilson went to Nashville, to work with noted pro- ducer Mark Moffatt on an album of new songs. They were released in 2010, and patrons at the June 6 Wentworth Club appearance will get to hear the best of these, as well as some of the early classics. The classic track Eagle Rock, from the famous Daddy Who? Daddy Cool album, has achieved anthem status for fans of AFL’s West Coast Eagles and the NFL’s Manly Sea Eagles, resulting in regular Wil- son appearances for both teams. He is also a regular at corpo- rate events, conventions and major music events, does a lot of private functions, and is also a cruise ship favourite. Tickets for the Wentworth per- formance are available from the club, at $39.50 for members, with an extra $10 for non-members. THE minds behind arguably the country’s premier Pink Floyd concept and tribute band – Ex- perience Floyd – are promising “something big” for Mildura au- diences tomorrow night at the Mildura Arts Centre. Hailing from Adelaide, Ex- perience Floyd aim to “authenti- cally recreate the wonderful sights and sounds of one of the world’s greatest progressive bands,” and are known for their incredible at- tention to detail when it comes to achieving that goal. “To say the band is obsessed with Pink Floyd would be a mas- sive understatement,” bass player and vocalist Mark Dole said. “Experience Floyd is a some- thing that we started five years ago, and it’s only been in the last two years that we thought the time was right to make a real go of it. “It was at that time that we underwent a massive change to our line-up, with our current line- up boasting some incredibly clev- er and brilliant musicians.” Experience Floyd features Dan- iel Hunter (lead guitar/vocals), Jason Miller (drums/percussion/ vocals), Paul Bindig (keyboards/ synth/FX) Mark MacNab (rhythm guitar/acoustic guitar), Matthew Goodluck (lead vocals), Gregory Huxtable (saxophone/keyboard), Alan Bindig (keyboard/third gui- tar), Jo Christie (backing vocals), Maria Stone (backing vocals) and Lauren Grant (backing vocals), with Mark one of the most expe- rienced musicians in the line-up at age 46. Mark has spent the majority of his life working as a professional musician, going on to share the stage with some of Australia’s pre- mier acts while working extensive- ly in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria since age 14. He promised Mildura resi- dents would be in for a show “never before seen in the region” tomorrow night, with Experience Floyd planning on lighting up the Mildura Arts Centre stage. Experience Floyd will also wel- come a school choir on stage, fea- turing close to 20 local students. “The entire band is just look- ing forward to putting on a great show, and we all feel very lucky to be doing what we’re doing.” Tickets are $65 for adults, $55 concession, $30 for students and $55 (a person) for groups of five or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.milduraartscentre. com.au, by contacting the Mildu- ra Arts Centre on 5018 8330 or by contacting the Mildura Visitor In- formation Centre on 5018 3376. ‘Mr Daddy Cool’ to appear at Wentworth Club RENMARK’S Chaffey Theatre will host a night of rock ’n’ roll on June 20, with the ‘Elvis and Friends Show’ promising to offer something for all music lovers. The show features internationally- renowned tribute artists Dean Vegas (as Elvis), Dennis Knight (Johnny O’Keefe) and Kris Knight (Buddy Holly), and takes audiences on a rock and roll journey through the 1950s and 60s. Dean Vegas is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest Elvis tribute art- ists, having performed in Memphis, Las Vegas, Dubai, Sweden, Lebanon, Canada, London, New Zealand, Nor- folk Island and China. Dean’s “energised Vegas-style show” aims to help audiences re-live all of the hits from Elvis Presley’s career, while also showcasing ‘The King’s’ trademark passion and on- stage personality. After wining the world’s largest Elvis Festival in Canada in 2000, be- coming Australia’s first Elvis Tribute Act to achieve the feat, Dean was in- vited to perform at the Mayor’s Gala Dinner in Tupelo – the birthplace of Elvis – where he was awarded the ‘Key to the City’ by the Lord Mayor – the only tribute act to receive the honour. Dennis Knight is widely described as “a true legend” of Australian rock, with his manager – the one and only Johnny O’Keefe – helping Dennis per- form with a similar charisma prior to the rock legend’s death in 1978. After recording four albums and six singles throughout his career, Dennis was voted ‘Variety Performer Of The Year’ in 1993 for the Variety Club of Australia, and been named ‘Queensland Entertainer of the Year’ five times. Tickets for Elvis and Friends are available online by following the links at www.countryarts.org.au. Rock ’n’ roll icons coming to Renmark Experience Floyd to bring unique show to Mildura MILDURA DAY CELEBRATIONS REGISTER YOUR INTEREST: Phone (03) 5018 8311 Email email@example.com www.thechaffeytrail.com.au Sunday 31 May: Carnegie Centre, 74 Deakin Avenue 11am – 2pm On 31 May 1887 the Chaffey Brothers, the Victorian Government and the Queen signed an Indenture formalising Mildura as Australia’s first irrigation colony. Based on WB Chaffey’s Town Planning and the early influences of people, horticultural industry, and development of services, businesses and environment, the story of how the vision of the Chaffey Brothers unfolded will be retold. 11.15am: Commence complimentary historic Deakin Avenue walk with local historian Glenn Miller - Auslan interpretation will be provided throughout the tour Welcomed by Mildura Brass Band | Model Steam Engines | Plaque Unveilings Lions BBQ outside Carnegie Centre and Cardross Progress Assoc. making Little Normies and other healthy snacks available.
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