Entertainment – Gary Turner

Just as l was coming to terms with hysteria of the last AC/DC concert in Melbourne, Mushroom Promotions has announced that the Rolling Stones will tour Australia in 2014. The social media went into meltdown. I must admit my blood pressure skyrocketed at the prospect of seeing the ageing rockers once more. Had a front position at their 2006 concert at the MCG and as a budding university student with long hair, l witnessed the 1973 concert at Kooyong with the great Madder Lake as support. My wife, Deborah, to this day still confirms that it was the best live concert she had seen in 2006.

I am halfway through a book; The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions, written by a self-confessed fan who lists every Stones recording session from 1963-1989. Filled with fascinating information like; Eric Clapton played slide guitar on Brown Sugar, Ronnie Lane & Pete Townsend did backing vocals on Wild Horses, Ry Cooder featured on Honky Tonk Woman, Sarah Dash (Labelle) featured on backing vocals Mixed Emotions.
David Bowie did backing vocals on its Only Rock’n’Roll and Venetta Fields did backing vocals on Tumbling Dice to name a few.

Between 1964 and 1975, the Stones produced a body of work which established them as one of popular’ s music’s most important bands, kept them astride the pop charts while retaining rock credibility and paid the bills in the subsequent 20 years.

Sticky Fingers remains one of my favourite albums being the first to be released on their own label featuring the tongue and lips logo and the first to top both the US and UK charts. Brown Sugar is a classic Stones’ song with the irresistible guitar riff with songs we remember them by like Wild Horses, Bitch, I Got the Blues.
Exile on Main Street (1972) will be classified by many rock fans as their favourite featuring Nicky Hopkins on piano and Bobby Keys on saxophone pumping out songs like Tumbling Dice, Rocks Off, Shake Your Hips, Let it Loose and Shine a Light.

Angie is a favourite for Mrs Turner and despite many years of speculation on the matter, it’s unlikely that the song Angie is evidence that Mick Jagger was having an affair with David Bowie’s wife Angela.

The most eagerly anticipated concert of years and the entertainment opening of the world class Adelaide Oval in 2014 were announced today as rock icons The Rolling Stones confirm their long awaited return to the stage in Australia with a spectacular show, Saturday March 22, 2014.

This special Adelaide show continues the exhilarating celebration of the band’s five decades, with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Woods bringing their iconic music and ground-breaking stage shows to audiences around the globe.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 25 November 2013 from 9am.

Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-1974, will be a special guest for this concert.

Mick Jagger said: “It’s great to be invited to Adelaide to open the historic Oval…we’re really looking forward to doing this gig, it will be the first time we’ve been to Adelaide in nearly 20 years, so see you there!”

Keith Richards said: “Hi everyone down in Adelaide, it’s been a while since we were in your back yard… see you on March 22 when we’ll take over your new stadium and make it our own, look forward to it”.

Stay tuned for a possible Melbourne date.

Tickets will be available through Ticketek either by visiting www.ticketek.com.au or www.adelaideoval.com.au
Ticket prices will start at $79 for General Admission tickets.

www.mushroompromotions.com www.frontiertouring.com

Daydream Island will be holding 2 music festivals in May 2014.
25 artists over 10 days with the Elvis music festival 19-24 May and the 60s/70s/80s music festival from 24-29 featuring Russell Morris, Normie Rowe, Killer Queen, Michael Jackson Show, Elton John Tribute, Mark Andrew’s Grease Show, Creedence Clearwater Recycled, Rick Charles and many more performers. Music lovers will have the whole island to themselves in what promises to be a huge musical 10 days. Visit www.musicthemes.com.au for more details.

The Peninsula Music Festival is taking shape with an additional band; Mornington outfit ‘Out of the Blue’ has been added to the festival and will feature some classic 60s music. www.peninsulamusicfestival.com.au

Lionel Richie & John Farnham

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Dainty Group is proud to announce superstars Lionel Richie and John Farnham will perform in a co-headlining tour across Australia in March 2014 with tickets going on sale on Friday 29th November.

Lionel Richie and John Farnham will perform sets with their own band and singers.

Promoter Paul Dainty said: “I am always thrilled when a superstar wants to tour. But when two legends agree to take their magic on the road”.

Five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie is a music icon known for his solo hits and as a member of the Commodores. Collectively he has sold more than 100 million albums, and written and recorded chart-topping hits including Hello, All Night Long, Penny Lover, Stuck on You and Dancin’ on the Ceiling.

John Farnham, a master performer whose classic album Whispering Jack is owned by one in four Australians, has a long-held nickname that still says it all: The Voice. This year, Farnham was voted best Australian singer of all time in a poll of 100 singers and musicians.

John Farnham is a former child star who released his first hit, Sadie the Cleaning Lady in 1967. It became Australia’s biggest selling, locally made single to that point with sales in excess of 180,000. It earned John

A five times King of Pop winner, Farnham parlayed his teen idol fame into stage musicals, cabaret, and a stint with the Little River Band, fronting hits like “The Other Guy” and “Playing To Win.”

“Whispering Jack,” released in 1987, rebooted Farnham’s career as a headline act. Hits including “A Touch of Paradise” “Pressure Down” and “Chain Reaction” followed.

A 15-time ARIA Award winner, Farnham was named Australian of the Year in 1988, made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in 1996, awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001, and inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Farnham holds the box office record for most number of arena shows by an Australian performer. His 2002 juggernaut tour, which ran the length and breadth of the continent for six months, was one of the highest grossing tours in Australian history. It earned John three gold records.

Other Top 10 hits included Underneath the Arches, Friday kind of Monday, Jamie, One, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Comic Conversation, Rock Me Baby, Help, You’re the Voice and my favourite Everything is Out of Season.

A 15-time ARIA Award winner, Farnham was named Australian of the Year in 1988, made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in 1996, awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001, and inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Farnham holds the box office record for most number of arena shows by an Australian performer. His 2002 juggernaut tour, which ran the length and breadth of the continent for six months, was one of the highest grossing tours in Australian history.

John Farnham and Lionel Richie will appear at the Rod Laver Arena, March 16. Tickets on sale November 29. Phone 132 849.
www.tickettek.com.au www.daintygroup.com

Nancy Sinatra, the 73 year old daughter of Frank Sinatra, will release a new album, Shifting Gears, next month featuring 15 never before released tracks. Sinatra is best known for her 1966 hit These Boots Are Made for Walkin’. Other hits include Sugar Town, Jackson, Lightning’s Girl, Did You Ever? and Summer Wine.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is recording his first new rock album in over two decades. The bass player is back in the studio and has almost finished a demo of a new record. Although the 70 year old released an opera album in 2005, this is his first rock project since Amused to Death (1992).

Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates have extended their reunion tour in 2014. They were expected to bow out after a final hometown show in Birmingham, England on December 22 but due to the success of their latest album and tour the have decided to tour North America and Europe next year, with dates in New York and Brooklyn in March.

Robbie Williams releases his brand new album Swings Both Ways (EMI). The album features a brilliant selection of classic songs including “Dream A Little Dream” (with Lily Allen), “I Wanna Be Like You” (with Olly Murs) and “Little Green Apples” (with Kelly Clarkson). Brand new tracks include “Soda Pop” (with Michael Buble) and “Swings Both Ways”, written and performed with Rufus Wainwright.
The album sees Robbie reunited with Guy Chambers, with whom he wrote 6 new songs. Guy Chambers produced the album.

Robbie’s previous swing album “Swing When You’re Winning” was released in 2001 and spent six consecutive weeks at the top of the UK chart, going 7 x platinum. It remains Robbie Williams’ bestselling album ever.


1. Swing Both Ways – Robbie Williams
2. Black Coffee – Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
3. A Foot in the Door – Best Of – Pink Floyd (EMI)
4. The Bluegrass Album – Alan Jackson (Sony)
5. Monster Planet – Steve Maxwell Von Braund (Aztec)
6. The Man I Am – Randy Travis (Warner)
7. More Arse Than Class – Aztecs (Aztec)
8. Farwell Fitzroy – Busby Marou (Warner)
9. Grrr! – Greatest Hits 1962-2012 - The Rolling Stones
1o. Lightning’s Girl – Nancy Sinatra (Raven)

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