WS FM101.7 is excited to announce the return of PURE GOLD LIVE featuring twelve of the biggest acts of the 70s, 80s and 90s coming together for one night only at Sydney’s rock music landmark the Hordern Pavilion on Saturday, 31 October, 2015.
Following 2014’s sold out concert marking the 90th anniversary of the Hordern Pavilion, PURE GOLD LIVE returns for a non-stop parade of bona fide hit songs that will have the audience standing and singing all night. Audience participation is guaranteed when every word of every song is known and loved.
PURE GOLD LIVE is three hours of solid hits and memories with twelve of Australia’s most well-loved 70s, 80s and 90s hit makers gracing the stage and taking a whole generation back to a time when rock ‘n roll was a way of life and when only cigarette lighters and hands were held up in the air.
PURE GOLD LIVE saw its first incarnation in Sydney late last year and was followed by a two-night appearance at Melbourne’s iconic Palais Theatre. These events were an overwhelming success selling out well in advance and inciting a whole lot of reminiscing and more than a few all-in sing-alongs from the multi-generational crowds.
WS FM101.7’s Jonesy and Amanda said they were thrilled to be taking audiences on this rockin’ trip again.
“If you want to hear a cavalcade of bands you loved in the 80’s play their biggest hits – this is THE must see show. It was so brilliant last year, we can’t wait to bring Pure Gold Live back!!!” Amanda said.
“I’m just in it for the backstage rider,” Jonesy added.
Presenting the legendary artists set to rock the roof off the Hordern for PURE GOLD LIVE:
In a career that spans over 40 years, ROSS WILSON remains one of this country’s most respected artists. From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as a songwriter of A-grade classics such as Eagle Rock, Cool World and A Touch of Paradise, or producer of the legendary Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep, The Johnnys and more recently The Screaming Jets, Ross’s involvement with success has continued unabated. ROSS WILSON fronted Daddy Cool who exploded out of the 70s playing rootsy 50s sounds, then formed Mondo Rock who surfed the contemporary scene with chart topping singles and albums from the mid-70’s to late 80s. As a solo performer and prolific songwriter, ROSS WILSON has continued to perform and create music ever since much to the delight of his loyal fans all across the country.
The iconic CHOIRBOYS are an essential part of our Australian culture having penned one of Australia’s best-known unofficial anthems Run to Paradise. With other great Aussie rock hits such as Boys Will Be Boys, Struggle Town and Never Gonna Die, CHOIRBOYS epitomise the essence of the Australian pub-culture, having been entertaining the young and old for over 30 years. They have multi-platinum albums and are still going strong where so many others have fallen. So why stay around so long? “Because we bloody love it!” says lead singer, Mark Gable with much enthusiasm. “CHOIRBOYS is exactly the kind of band that I always wanted to be in as a kid, so why not keep on doing it till you die. It is so much fun being in this band.”
JOHN PAUL YOUNG, OAM, is undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70s, with a string of national and international hits including I Hate The Music, Yesterday’s Hero, Standing in the Rain and, of course, Love is in the Air, resulting in over 4 million record sales and cementing him a place in our music history. JPY was a Countdown regular, as both guest presenter, co-host and performer and his music became the soundtrack to the Countdown generation, launching a career spanning more than 40 years. Along with performing, John has had equal successes in radio, television and theatre, including a Helpmann Award nomination for best supporting artist. In 2009, John was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012, his 40th year in the industry, John was honoured with an Order of Australia for his services to charity and the music industry.
ROSE TATTOO, led by Angry Anderson, was formed in Sydney in 1976 and were renowned as “one of the most revered bands of all time” with their “peerless, street-level heavy blues’ with the emphasis on slide guitar and strident lyric statements”. ROSE TATTOO’s first four albums were produced by the legendary team of Harry Vanda and George Young who also worked with AC/DC, and spawned songs including Bad Boy for Love, Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw, Nice Boys, We Can’t Be Beaten and Scarred for Life through the late 70s and early 80s before disbanding in 1987. ROSE TATTOO subsequently reformed briefly in 1993 to support Guns N’ Roses on an Australian tour and again from 1998 and have since released two more studio albums.
DRAGON formed in Auckland in January 1972 and relocated to Sydney in May 1975, led by enigmatic lead singer, Marc Hunter, and currently led by his brother, bass player, Todd Hunter. DRAGON had the nation in mass sing-alongs with their hits the No. 1 smash, Are You Old Enough?, Still in Love with You, Rain, O Zambezi and 1977’s hit summer anthem, April Sun in Cuba. DRAGON’s imprint on a generation was affirmed when Are You Old Enough? was used in the opening credits of the hit TV series, Puberty Blues. In 2008 the Australian Recording Industry Association recognised DRAGON’s iconic status when they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012 they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary with a string of sell out shows across the country.
The BADLOVES formed in 1990, the nucleus of Darryl Braithwaite’s ’89 touring band. Their 1993 debut album Get on Board led to three ARIA Awards for Best Debut Album, Best New Talent and Best Debut Single (Lost). Their simple soul styled blues and Memphis funk sound led them to being called “retro” and “neo-hippies”. It was their later collaboration on The Band’s classic, The Weight, with Jimmy Barnes and touring with him on his Flesh and Wood album that helped shoot their album, Get on Board, featuring the hits Memphis and Green Limousine, into a Top 5 chart and platinum sales.
Known for enduring hits such as That’s When I Think of You, Compulsory Hero, To Love Me, Scars, Don’t Forget Me, and, of course, If I Could, 1927 made a devastating entry into the ears of its listeners with the Quintuple Platinum selling album …ish in 1988, which earned the band a slew of ARIA Awards as well as a lot of fans along the way. Following up …ish with the multi-platinum second album The Otherside, a self-titled third album, and countless live shows at home and abroad, the last couple of decades have certainly earned 1927 legendary status. Not content to rest on their laurels, after more than ten years, 1927 released a new studio album Generation i in 2013.
PSEUDO ECHO formed in 1982, releasing their first album, Autumnal Park, in 1984 which skyrocketed the band to household name status across the country. Their second album, Love an Adventure, spawned another string of hits including its title track, Don’t Go, Try, Living in a Dream and their remake of the Lipps, Inc. song Funkytown, which brought the group their biggest international success and spent seven weeks at No. 1 in Australia from December 1986. In 2012 PSEUDO ECHO celebrated their 30th anniversary and this year released their sixth studio album, Ultraviolet.
It’s a unique band that finds itself cherished as a bona fide legend in the ARIA Hall of Fame while remaining a virtual enigma to the world that knows its name but the church, led by the enigmatic STEVE KILBEY, is just that. Since arriving in Australia half a century ago, STEVE KILBEY has forged a unique and frighteningly individual stream of musical thoughts including the church’s accidental signature tune, Under The Milky Way, being sung along with him by countless Australians. A songwriter of many musical tongues, STEVE KILBEY – band singer, songwriter and bassist, painter, writer, poet, actor, sage, dispenser of arcane wisdom, and much loved national treasure – has created an all-embracing artistic universe of unearthly beauty.
DEBORAH CONWAY is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, love, loss, memory, the mundane and the spiritual. From the moment her band, Do Re Mi released the iconic Man Overboard, off their debut album Domestic Harmony in 1985, DEBORAH CONWAY has always followed her own path. Conway’s debut solo album String of Pearls, released in 1991, was a radical departure from Do Re Mi with its themes of youthful reflection and tongue-in-cheek irreverence, embodied in It’s Only The Beginning, Release Me and the bittersweet title track, won her the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist that year. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated, DEBORAH CONWAY continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists.
WA WA NEE broke the Australian tradition of pub rock in the mid-80s with a combination of expertly packaged funk-pop, designed for a mass audience. WA WA NEE’s ascent of the Australian charts began with the April 1986 release of the single Stimulation, which peaked nationally at No. 2 on the Singles Chart. Three further singles also made the Australian Top 20 and their self-titled debut album yielded platinum sales of over 70,000 and a Top 30 hit in the US with Sugar Free. Sadly the band called it quits in 1988 though founding member, Paul Gray, has continued working as an in-demand writer, producer and musician between reformation shows.
Born and raised in Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island, SHARON O’NEILL, first began performing around the area with her acoustic guitar in the late 1960s before going on to be crowned Top Female Vocalist in the NZ Music Awards for three years running (1978, 1979, 1980) and heading across the ditch to Australia. With hits on both sides of the Tasman with Words and Don’t Let Love Go, SHARON O’NEILL, truly burst into our consciousness with Maxine, the super hit from her 1983 release Foreign Affairs, chronicling the life of a Kings Cross prostitute. It was a contractual dispute in the early 80s that forced Sharon to stop recording and focus on songwriting leading to her writing for the hit ABC series, Sweet and Sour, including the title track, as well as songs for Dragon and Robert Palmer
Tickets for PURE GOLD LIVE go on sale on Monday, 3 August at 9.00am and are expected to sell FAST so don’t miss out on your opportunity to see these legendary Aussies on stage.
Pure Gold Live
Saturday, 31 October 2015
Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park
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 + a special mystery guest!