Photos by David Jackson – sbj.rocks
What started as a birthday celebration to commemorate 90 years of the Hordern Pavilion has turned into a regular booking and fans are very grateful for this gesture. Another packed house on Saturday night saw 12 Australian artists strut their hits in a nonstop nostalgic extravaganza.
Just like last year there were pleasant memories gracing the stage. Sharon O’Neill started the evening singing her 80’s smash ‘Maxine’. If the audience reaction was anything to go by then O’Neill needs to get back on the road, to put it simply we miss her.
The Badloves lead by Michael Spiby eased into the hits ‘Green Limousine’ and ‘Lost’ much to the delight of the audience.
Mark Gable owned the stage be it for only 15 minutes but it was full of passion and impact. Together with his fellow Choirboys Gable dedicated the Aussie classic to fallen stage manager Shane Cooper.
Enter Paul Gray and Wa Wa Nee complete with Keytar played the hits including ‘Stimulation’.
John Paul Young moved around the stage singing ‘Love Is in the Air’, ‘I Hate the Music’ and the 75 Vanda and Young classic ‘Yesterday’s Hero’.
Deborah Conway looked stunning and elegant as she played her two best known hits ‘It’s Only the Beginning’ and ‘Man Overboard’.
Enter Steve Kilbey (‘the church’) to deliver a hat trick of classics including ‘Almost With You’, ‘The Unguarded Moment’ and ‘Under the Milky Way’.
1927 lead by charismatic front man Eric Weideman added their own take on the evening with ‘That’s When I Think Of You’, ‘If I Could’ and ‘You’ll Never Know’.
Angry Anderson and Rose Tattoo not only raised the mood but also the volume belting out ‘We Can’t Be Beaten’ and ‘Bad Boy for Love’.
Pseudo Echo took to the stage and after hitting the audience with ‘Listening’ we all went to ‘Funky Town’.
Saving the best until last Ross Wilson took to the stage and gave the audience a combination of Mondo Rock and Daddy Cool with a twist. Pat Wilson hailed as the special guest sang her hit ‘Bop Girl’. To be honest I think the audience was hoping for a Daddy Cool reunion. ‘Eagle Rock’ heralded the end to the individual performances.
Mark Williams (Dragon), Mark Gable and Ross Wilson joined forces on stage belting out an AC/DC classic featuring 12 year old prodigy “Jagger” on drums.
It was great to see the audience standing and singing all night, to every song, and every word. At these shows audience participation is guaranteed and the mood is high. Seriously can’t wait for next year.
Event: PURE GOLD LIVE – www.wsfm.com.au – #puregoldlive
Artists: Ross Wilson, Choirboys, John Paul Young, Rose Tattoo, Dragon, The Badloves, 1927, Pseudo Echo, Steve Kilbey (the church), Deborah Conway, Wa Wa Nee, Sharon O’Neill
Venue: Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, Sydney
Date: October 31, 2015
Photographer: David Jackson – sbj.rocks