Mildura Weekly : Friday February 12 Vol 10 No 14
16 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 British rock and roll royalty on their way • From Page 14 They were the second group from Liverpool, after the Beatles, to have a hit in the United States when “Needles and Pins” chart- ed during the first week of March 1964, while also going on to share the stage with the Beatles, Ray Charles, The Everly Bros. and many more well-known acts. “All of those bands were just tremendous, and without The Beatles we would never have had the success that we have had,” John said. “I thank the Lord ev- ery day for my 53 years in this industry. I’ve been very lucky to be able to perform for a living.” The Searchers’ latest Austra- lian tour will feature 27 shows, with each performance to in- clude a two-hour set that covers the group’s five decades in the business. “Obviously there’s a lot of our hits included, but the night in general is all about entertain- ment and audience participa- tion,” John said. “While we have a certain setlist that we stick to, in between those songs we like to fiddle about and take requests. “Australia would have to be one of the places where we get inundated with the most re- quests, and it’s always good fun to play the songs the crowds want to hear. “It also means each show is different.” John said that this latest tour would also pay tribute to The Searchers favourite musicians, Roy Orbinson and Buddy Holy. The band’s current line- up features John on six-string guitar, 12-string guitar and vo- cals, Frank Allen on bass guitar and vocals, Spencer James on guitar synthesiser and lead vocals and Scott Ottaway on drums. John said that one of the keys to a long music career was to not think “too much of yourself.” “I always thought it was a dangerous road in this busi- ness,” he said. “The key is to just accept whatever comes your way, enjoy the music, and enjoy play- ing to a good quality audience. “Health is also very impor- tant. I was fortunate that while some of the other boys lived the rock-and-roll lifestyle, I was more of a home bird.” John encouraged Mildura music lovers to come along and enjoy the show. “I really hope people come out and enjoy the night,” he said. “If there’s one thing that has never changed in my 53 years, it’s the simple fact that you can’t beat live music!” Bookings are available by contacting Mildura Arts Centre on 5018 8330, or by visiting www.milduraartscentre.com.au. – VINNIE RODI THE wider Murray River re- gion is one of 13 destina- tions to be featured in Tour- ism Australia’s newest global marketing campaign. The six month, $40mil- lion campaign, which launched in New York recent- ly, focuses on aquatic and coastal experiences, and will see the Murray region’s “bush setting and abundance of on- water activities” highlighted. Murray Regional Tourism (MRT) chair, Wendy Greiner, said she was thrilled that the Murray River would be a fea- ture of the campaign. “Tourism Australia’s cam- paign is fantastic news for the Murray, with so many wonderful unique Australian experiences, and this is a real opportunity to be showcased to international markets,” she said. “We have seen a steady increase in international vis- itation to the region over the last few years, and we look forward to seeing this figure rise even further as a result of the new campaign.” The fully integrated print and digital campaign will also include a series of tele- vision commercials with a voice-over by Australian ac- tor, and newly appointed Tourism Australia global am- bassador, Chris Hemsworth. Kicking off with a joint partnership with Virgin Aus- tralia in the US, the cam- paign rollout will continue into other international markets including the UK, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and New Zealand. MRT works in partner- ship with Tourism Victo- ria, Destination New South Wales and 14 local govern- ment areas and regional tourism associations to drive the development of the tour- ism industry within the Mur- ray region. More information is available online at www.vis- itthemurray.com.au. Murray River to star in Tourism Australia campaign Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. ADVERTISEMENT The Australian G overnment is committed to making this country a centre of innovation —where we turn ideas into successful products and services. This will generate a new era of jobs and prosperity for all. The National Innovation & Science Agenda includes initiatives that encourage ideas and create opportunities, including: • making it easier for innovative businesses to find investors and access funding • bringing research and business together to make ideas work • helping prepare ideas for market with grants and specialist advice • making it easier for people to take a risk and give their ideas a go • ensuring young Australians have the skills they need in technology, maths and science for the jobs of tomorrow. The Ideas Boom. Building an exciting future for every Australian.
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