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      Festival Records and Warner Music Australia are excited to announce the release of Boogie! Presents Silver Roads: Australian Country-Rock & Singer Songwriters of the “70s, a
      follow up, or a companion piece, to last year’s Boogie! Australian Blues, R&B and Heavy Rock from the '70s.

      While Boogie! was decidedly blues focused, Silver Roads looks at the other side of return-to-roots coin - the incorporation of country and folk influences in the Australian rock scene of the late 60s and 70s. It looks at a local scene in which artists followed the lead of the likes of Bob Dylan, the Band, CSN&Y and Gram Parsons and created some fantastic music. It includes some iconic Australian hit singles – like long-lost classic Gypsy Queen by Country Radio, Arkansas Grass by Axiom, Boy on the Run by the Dingoes, Winter in America by Doug Ashdown, Slipping Away by Max Merritt & The Meteors, Khe Sanh by Cold Chisel, It's a Long Way There by Little River Band and many more great songs from the likes of Chain, Johnny Chester, Stars, Russell Morris, Broderick Smith, Flying Circus, Daddy Cool, Richard Clapton and many more.
      The double CD also features some fascinating obscurities, such as The Birth of the Ute by the Melbourne pub outfit the Autodrifters, featuring the late, great Peter Lillie, plus many more.

      The album was co-compiled by noted author Clinton Walker, ‘Highway to Hell: the Life & Death of Bon Scott’) and Boogie! compiler Dave Laing.

      Boogie! Presents Silver Roads is a comprehensive look at a part of Australian music history that had a huge impact at the time. With so many classic artists and tracks, and with the renewed interest in country & folk sounds in recent years, the album will be essential for Australian music fans young and old.

      Boogie! Presents Silver Roads is being released August 9th alongside two compilations that look at the resurgence of roots-influenced sounds in American rock of the same era – Cosmic Country and Heavy Soul. www.warnermusic.com.au

      International multi-Platinum soft-rock icons, Air Supply, return to Australia for a small tour in November/December with Special guest, John Paul Young & the All-star Band).

      The prolific partnership of composer Graham Russell and vocalist Russell Hitchcock was conceived almost four decades ago when they met in Sydney on the first day of rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar. Instant friends through a shared love of The Beatles and music, they began performing original songs with one guitar and two voices in cafes and nightclubs, following their evening theatre commitments.

      Air Supply has since produced eight global hits, seven of which equalled The Beatles run of consecutive top five singles, amassed sales of over forty million albums and is a constant on radio programming.

      Graham is honoured with two BMA Million-Air Certificates which recognise over three million radio plays for Lost in Love (1980's Song of The Year and fastest selling single worldwide) and All Out of Love, while The One That You Love, Sweet Dreams and Making Love Out of Nothing At All, are well on the way to reaching that achievement. Other singles to dominate the charts are Every Woman In The World, Love and Other Bruises, All That You Want, Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Two Less Lonely People in The World, Even The Nights Are Better, Without You, The Power of Love (You Are My Lady) and Here I Am (Just When You Thought I Was Over You).

      Air Supply first found international audiences opening for Rod Stewart and now hold enthusiastic fans captive in huge venues on their own lavish tours, which have smashed attendance records.

      Career highlights include pioneering new markets as the first Western act to tour to China, Taiwan and other countries not previously open to our pop culture, performing in Havana to an audience of 175,000 the night before Hurricane Dennis lashed Cuba, participating in Australia’s Bi-Centennial celebrations in the presence of HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana and an induction into the New York Ride of Fame campaign.

      Air Supply is one of our most successful acts, performing 150 shows around the world annually and are delighted to be heading 'home' at the end of the year, after commitments in the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Hong Kong, USA, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Burma, Japan, Chile, Canada and more.

      Air Supply will appear at the Palais Theatre on Saturday 7 December. Tickets 136 100.
      www.bluehawkpresents.com www.airsupplymusic.com

      GREASE is still the word - due to an unprecedented demand for tickets, more performances are being released for sale this week in Melbourne.

      GREASE producer John Frost said, “We’re thrilled with the overwhelming demand for tickets - the rush to buy tickets shows that GREASE must be everyone’s favourite party musical. So we’ve added additional weeks and performances so everyone can get to see this fantastic cast perform in one of the most loved musicals of all time.”

      Cast members include Rob Mills as Danny and Gretel Scarlett as Sandy, Bert Newton (Vince Fontaine), Todd McKenney (Teen Angel), Anthony Callea (Johnny Casino), Val Lehman (Miss Lynch), Lucy Maunder (Rizzo), Stephen Mahy (Kenickie), Francine Cain (Frenchy), Chris Durling (Doody), Sam Ludeman (Sonny), Duane McGregor (Roger) and Laura Murphy (Jan).

      GREASE will open at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from January 2, 2014. Tickets 1300 795 012.
      There will be a matinee Wednesdays at 1pm, Saturday 2pm and Sunday 3pm.

      GREASE is the Number One Party musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

      Movie studio Warner Bros will sign up the sequel to the new Superman movie, Man of Steel.
      They have already signed up the film’s director, Zack Snyder.
      Actor, Henry Cavill is expected to return in the title role.
      The original TV show ‘Superman’ starred George Reeves and ran from 1952-1956, Reeves starring in 104 episodes as the all-powerful hero from the planet Krypton.

      George Reeves died at the age of 45 in his Beverly Hills home in 1959. It was officially ruled a suicide. For nearly half a century, that explanation was accepted by the general public, but in recent years, it has been called into question. …….

      Meanwhile Universal Pictures has taken up the distribution rights of the sequel Dum and Dumber after Warner Bros dropped the project. Both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have signed to reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry……

      Top Ten Albums

      1. Wrote a Song for Everyone – John Fogerty
      2. Time – Rod Stewart (Capitol)
      3. A – Agnetha Faltskog (Universal)
      4. At the Mountain of Madness – Blackfeather (Aztec)
      5. Great Country Song Book – Troy Cassar-Daley & Adam Harvey (Sony)
      6. Swing – Renee Geyer (EMI)
      7. Old Sock – Eric Clapton (Polydor)
      8. Inspiration – George Benson Universal)
      9. Country For Cruisin – Don Costa (DAB)
      10. Faster – Liam Brew (WJO)

      Album of the Week

      13 – Black Sabbath (Vertigo)
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