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THAT RADIO CHICK CHERYL LEE REVIEWS ROSS WILSON’S EAGLE ROCK 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

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A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC ANTHEM ‘EAGLE ROCK’ 

INCLUDING HITS FROM DADDY COOL & MONDO ROCK

After a couple of postponements, Ross ‘The Boss’ Wilson returned to the Bridgeway Hotel for the first time in over 30 years, as part of his national tour.  With his band The Peaceniks, they performed a one night only Adelaide show to celebrate Daddy Cool’s first hit single, Eagle Rock, topping the charts for a (then) record ten weeks back in 1971.

that radio chick cheryl lee reviews ross wilson’s eagle rock 50th anniversary tour

Twice inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame as a solo artist, and with 26 Top 40 Hits to his credit as a singer, songwriter and producer, Ross has been entertaining us for over half a century and he certainly didn’t disappoint us this time.

Ross was supported superbly by Aaron Schembri who played a mix of wonderful originals and favourites, including ‘In My Kitchen’ that he recorded with Colleen Hewett and Russell Morris, the Eagles classic ‘Take It Easy’ and a sing-a-long with crowd favourite ‘To Love Somebody’ by The Bee Gees.

‘Take It Easy’ taken from the front row on amateur iPhone – Video Credit: Barry Crabtree

that radio chick cheryl lee reviews ross wilson’s eagle rock 50th anniversary tour

Looking resplendent in his gold jacket made especially for the occasion, Ross talked about his fond memories of performing their first gig together at Glenelg Town Hall as a band called Sons of the Vegetal Mother, which later morphed into Daddy Cool, back in 1970.  He sang their song ‘Love Is The Law’ in honour of their beginnings.

that radio chick cheryl lee reviews ross wilson’s eagle rock 50th anniversary tour

Hit after hit followed including Daddy Cool’s ‘Lollipop’ and ‘Cherry Pie’ and his solo song ‘Zoop Bop Gold Cadillac”‘.  Can you decipher all the songs for the  cryptic set list which is to the right?

The set included the song that Ross wrote that became a huge hit for John Farnham, ‘Touch of Paradise’, performed in Ross’ special way.  The set then moved into some Mondo Rock songs including favourites ‘Bed of Nails’, ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Cool World’.

The crowd which had been very behaved, knew the night was drawing to a close, when ‘Eagle Rock’ began to play.

A few members of the audience couldn’t help but get off their seats for a big of Eagle Rock boogie, but the venue did a great job of gently reminding us all to sit back down and continue dancing on the inside.  Seems weird now that only days later the dancing restriction was finally removed all together and we’ve been dancing off our feet ever since.

‘Eagle Rock’ taken from the front row on amateur iPhone – Video Credit: Barry Crabtree

This song was covered by the Australian children’s group The Wiggles on their 2003 video Space Dancing with Wilson himself singing lead (as part of his portrayal of character King Mondo.

If you’d like to have a listen to the chat I had recently with Ross for the wireless, have a listen here ‘Still Rockin’ It Podcast’

Here is the montage clip I have put together from bits of video footage I took at the concert (with permission). It is only selected grabs from some of the songs performed on the night which gives you an idea of the fantastic concert that it was and for those who went, a reminder of a most enjoyable evening of entertainment and memories from our youth, particularly with the early footage of Daddy Cool playing on big screens during the concert. Said it before but will again, thanks Victor for your love and passion to the 1960s & 1970s of Aussie Pop & Rock and bringing back some of the bands to perform at the Bridgeway.”
that radio chick cheryl lee reviews ross wilson’s eagle rock 50th anniversary tour
Ross’s band The Peaceniks were tight and obviously enjoying themselves Photo Credit: Barry Crabtree

Lineup:

* Ross Wilson – Vocals & Guitar
* Stewart Wilkinson – Keyboards & Vocals
* James Ryan – Guitar & Vocals
* Aaron Schembri – Guitar & Vocals
* Travis Clark – Bass & Vocals
* Peter Marin – Drums
that radio chick cheryl lee reviews ross wilson’s eagle rock 50th anniversary tour
Photo Credit: Barry Crabtree

If you get the opportunity to catch any of the rest of the tour, do yourself a favour and do it – particularly now that you can legally dance to your heart’s content.

Congratulations to The Grape Organisation and all involved for hanging in there and putting on another night to remember, under extremely trying circumstances.

Remember to get out when you can, support live music and I’ll see you down the front!!

that radio chick cheryl lee reviews ross wilson’s eagle rock 50th anniversary tour
Superfans including Geoff, Dee, Father of Five Barry Crabtree, Michele, Chris and super-videoer Judy and Cheryl Lee before the show
that radio chick cheryl lee reviews ross wilson’s eagle rock 50th anniversary tour
Aaron Schembri and Cheryl Lee after the show

 

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Live music supporter Judy Beyer had this to say about the night and generously provided the headline video:

“Montage Clip (12mins)
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