Photographer: David Jackson
Photographer: David Jackson
Review by Natasha Wyborn
A return to the valley after a five year hiatus, Simply Red hit the stage with gusto on Saturday night. A perfect venue, weather warm and sunny, concert sold out as you would expect. The Hunter Valley got to continue its love affair with Mick Hucknall and his classy band. Joining the musicians from the side of the stage after a brief instrumental introduction, Hucknall looked happy and at home. Dressed casual but there was nothing unrehearsed about the bands performance. Hitting almost perfect notes from their first song ‘Look at you now’ Hucknall romanced the audience with a very appealing collection of hits. The crowd responded from the onset, “A new flame” signalled a calling to all people to get up and join the party.
Photographer: Wendy Robinson
Australian pop icon, and our newest ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Tina Arena has today announced a series of ONE NIGHT ONLY shows in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and the Gold Coast in February and March, 2016, in support of her latest album, Eleven. These shows are in addition to the previously announced A Day on the Green concerts with Simply Red and follow dates currently scheduled in Dubai, London and Beirut in January.
Everyone’s favourite outdoor event a day on the green kicks off its 15th season this weekend – October 31st, 2015.
The hugely successful concert series begins with an annual event at Robert Oatley Vineyards, Mudgee NSW on Saturday October 31 where about 5500 patrons will see a stellar Aussie line-up featuring Icehouse and James Reyne.
The following weekend Fleetwood Mac takes to the stage at Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong VIC with a sold-out crowd of 18,000.
From the golden age of indie-rock comes three giants of the era, three acts so magnificent in scope it takes several wineries to contain them!
Hoodoo Gurus, Sunnyboys and Violent Femmes are teaming up for the very first time this summer in a three-way, no-holds barred attack on the aural senses.
*** TOUR UPDATE ***
ROB THOMAS has now announced a special second and final Sydney show at the State Theatre on Friday February 26.
This will be Sydney’s final chance to see Rob – the frontman, lead vocalist and key songwriter for Matchbox Twenty and major solo artist – playing his hits and classics, plus select tracks from The Great Unknown.
ROB THOMAS has had an ongoing, 20-year long, love affair with Australian audiences – both as the frontman, lead vocalist and key songwriter for Matchbox Twenty and also as a major solo artist.
In February 2016, that romance will continue as Thomas makes a very welcome return down-under for a national headline tour.
Touring in support of his first solo album in more than six years, the long-awaited The Great Unknown, Thomas’ summer tour will include a special night under the stars, ‘On The Steps’ at the Sydney Opera House, three winery shows, including at A Day On The Green in Queensland and Victoria, as well as a headline Melbourne arena performance and Perth and Canberra performances.
Rob Thomas will also be the headliner at the Clipsal 500 Post-Race concert in Adelaide on Sunday, March 6.
“I’ll be playing some of the new stuff, some of the old stuff, a little bit of everything, it’s pretty exciting…” said Thomas of The Great Unknown World Tour.
Joining Rob Thomas on all dates will be special guest Pete Murray, with Darren Middleton of Powderfinger fame appearing at the three winery shows.
Tickets go on sale at 10am Wednesday, November 25.
Fan club members can be among the first to secure tickets during the exclusive pre-sale commencing 2pm tomorrow, November 17.
Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting 48-hour pre-sale just for Telstra customers from 10am Friday, November 20 until 9am Monday, November 23. Head to telstra.com/music for more information on how to purchase.
For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: www.livenation.com.au.
Currently in Australia on a promotional visit, multiple Grammy Award winner Rob Thomas is known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty, as well as for his hugely successful solo work and chart-topping collaborations. Overall, Thomas has contributed to sales of more than 80 million records.
Featuring singles ‘Trust You’ and ‘Hold on Forever’, The Great Unknown (out now through Warner Music Australia) is the third and latest solo offering from the master singer-songwriter.
Thomas delivered his solo debut in 2005. …Something To Be hit #1 on the ARIA Album Chart and earned sales of three-times platinum, adding singles ‘Lonely No More’, ‘This Is How A Heart Breaks’ and ‘Streetcorner Symphony’ to the list of Thomas classics. His 2009 follow up, Cradlesong, featured ‘Her Diamonds’, peaked at #3 on the ARIA Album Chart and achieved double-platinum sales.
Matchbox Twenty released their debut album Yourself Or Someone Like You in 1996. Home to massive hits ‘Push’ and ‘3AM’, the album amassed sales of 10-times platinum in Australia. The band’s most recent studio album, 2012’s North – fuelled by the hit singles ‘She’s So Mean’, ‘Overjoyed’ and ‘Our Song’ – reaped their first-ever US #1 debut and Billboard 200 chart-topper, and an ARIA Album Chart #1.
Rob Thomas, in part, also holds the title of the second-most played track on Australian radio of the past 15 years with ‘Smooth’, his certified worldwide smash hit collaboration with Santana for which he collected three Grammy Awards. The tune resided at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for a staggering 12 weeks in 1999.
Pete Murray’s quintessential debut album ‘Feeler’ dominated 2003, selling six-times platinum and earning 12 ARIA Award nominations.
Eventually spending more than two and a half years in the Top 100. ‘Feeler’ spawned Murray’s classic ‘So Beautiful’ which went on to become the Most Performed Australian Song of the Year.
Follow up LPs ‘See The Sun’ (2005) and ‘Summer At Eureka’ (2008) both debuted at #1, delivering Murray three consecutive chart-topping albums. Released in September 2011, Murray’s fourth studio album ‘Blue Sky Blue’ sold Gold and spawned the hits ‘Always A Winner’ and ‘Free’.
Pete Murray has remained one of Australia’s hottest and most in-demand touring properties, repeatedly enjoying sold out tours across the country and aboard.
Darren Middleton, best known as Powderfinger’s lead guitarist and songwriter, will join the line up at Hope Estate Winery on Saturday February 27, at Sirromet Wines on Sunday, February 28, and at Rochford Wines on Saturday, March 5.
Performing a number of iconic Powderfinger songs in addition to his solo material. Middleton released his new album ‘Splinters’ earlier this month, a follow up to his 2013 debut album, ‘Translations’.
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20
ROYAL THEATRE, CANBERRA
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22
‘ON THE STEPS’, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FORECOURT
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24
STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY*
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26
HOPE ESTATE WINERY, HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27
ADOTG SIRROMET WINES, MT COTTON, QLD*
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28
KINGS PARK & BOTANIC GARDEN, PERTH**
WEDNESDAY MARCH 2
ADOTG ROCHFORD WINES, YARRA VALLEY, VIC*
SATURDAY MARCH 5
Also performing at Clipsal 500, Adelaide, on Sunday March 6. www.clipsal500.com.au
TICKETS ON SALE
10AM WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25
Telstra Thanks pre-sale:
10am November 20 until 9am November 23
*Presented by A Day On The Green
For event & ticketing information, visit www.adayonthegreen.com.au
**Co-promoted by Mellen Events
For event & ticketing information, visit: www.mellenevents.com
For complete tour and ticket information, visit:
www.robthomasmusic.com & www.livenation.com.au
The original punk turned global superstar will perform indoor shows and a day on the green winery events in March and April 2015. Idol’s band includes long-time collaborator and lead-guitarist Steve Stevens.
Billy Idol’s tour announcement coincides with a flurry of new Idol projects that have fans around the globe in a heightened state of excitement!
|They’re two of music’s most acclaimed bands boasting two of music’s most compelling front women – Deborah Harry leading the wondrous Blondie and Chrissie Hynde fronting the mighty Pretenders. As a double-bill, it’s a world first! It’s also an absolute cracker and that’s exactly what fans can savour when Blondie & The Pretenders co-headline a November/December tour of ‘a day on the green‘ winery shows.|
In what is being billed as the The Greatest Hits Live, SIMPLY RED led by charismatic front man Mick Hucknall, will revisit the highlights of their incredible 25 year, 10 album career, in an outdoor show at Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, QLD on Sunday February 22nd 2009.