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JO JO ZEP and the FALCONS LIVE AT SAN REMO, NYE 1976 TAPE TO BE DROPPED JUNE 1st

JO JO ZEP and the FALCONS
LIVE AT SAN REMO, NYE 1976 
TAPE TO BE DROPPED JUNE 1st
                          

JO JO ZEP and the FALCONS

LIVE AT SAN REMO, NYE 1976

TAPE TO BE DROPPED JUNE 1st

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons’ Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 is the fourth of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series.

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The tapes are recorded by the acts’ sound engineer straight from the mixing desk, and gives an intimacy and sharpness.

The series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for crews.

Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 follows releases from Redgum, TISM and Captain Matchbox with half a dozen more in the pipeline in the next six months. Thanx to Greg Noakes for the photos and Phil Dracoulis for mastering and Matt Rosser for the smooth bass

Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 captures Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons' raw excitement and enthusiastic embracing of a potpourri of styles including soul, R&B, reggae jazz, swamp. blues and rock. It is brilliant.

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Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons were one of the most powerful bands to emerge out of the Melbourne clubs in the mid-70s – with a glorious blend of originals and obscure covers with tight musicianship and a laddish sense of entertainment.

They were fronted by ball of energy Joe Camilleri who sang and played sax, and his nickname derived from Giuseppe, the Maltese name for Joseph gave the new band their name.

Recalls Camilleri, “They originally invited Stephen Cummings and me, both of us were in a band called The Pelaco Brothers. The deal was Stephen would sing and I would play sax.

“”We arrived at the rehearsal after a Pelacos country gig 100 km away the night before, a bit worse for wear and wearing the same clothes.

“Stephen decided in the end to go off and form The Sports but I was in awe of these guys, great musicians who’d been in legendary bands.”

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Wayne Burt (guitar, vocals) was from Rock Granite and the last days of Daddy Cool, Jeff Burstin (guitar, vocals) from Co. Caine, John Power (bass, vocals) from Foreday Riders and Gary Young (drums, keyboards, vocals) an original part of the Daddy Cool phenomenon.

Burt, Camilleri and Young contributed individually to the satchel of songs, and all five were fine singers in their own right.

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons hit the ground running. Within weeks they were packing out clubs, eventually playing 300 shows a year around the country and abroad.

Wayne Burt: “The people who came to our gigs were real music fans… we weren’t a pretty boy band by any means!

“”Our wide variety of styles when we started out, meant the crowd never got bored. As we tried out new sounds, they trusted us enough to go along with us.”

Dave Ridoutt, a brilliant electronics and electrical engineer, also Falcons sound engineer and owner of the Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 tape: “The Falcons and Ariel were the best bands in Melbourne at the time, we packed out the clubs, and there was a bit of competition between us.”

Joe Camilleri: “After the wonderful decade before when The Beatles, The Stones, Coltrane and Miles blew your head, the ‘70s went on to be a time of incredible things, and audiences had more tolerance for the avant-garde.

“People had more stamina and patience to let a band experiment.”

Part of the appeal was Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons’ sense of entertainment.

Out front Camilleri’s onstage fashion sense included 1930s zoot suits, scarves, turbans, satin shirts and, as a one-time apprentice tailor, self-made trousers which invariably tore as he went into his frenzied routines and needed to be gaffa-taped while one of the others took a solo.

The band would do everything to rouse the crowd – holding guitars and saxophones in the air, and dancing around like dervishes.

Camilleri would blithely give away the stage production, and once crawled into the bass drum while Young was pounding the hell out of it.

During an ill-matched heavy metal show in San Francisco, the headbangers displayed their disapproval by throwing things (including eggs) at the stage. Camilleri yelled back: "Is it any wonder your parents lost the Vietnam War – you can't even shoot straight!"

At a Sydney show when a member took it into his head to play nude, no one batted an eyelid.

So while both band and audience exuberantly celebrated at the shows, Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 takes on a greater rowdiness as it was at a Victorian surfside venue on New Years’ Eve! It was more than just fireworks going off.

Live At San Remo, NYE 1876 features Wayne Burt classics as the blues ballads “King Of Fools” and “I Need Your Loving (I Remember)”, the swamp rock guitar interplay “Dancing Shoes”, the horn driven tribute to Willie Dixon “Yes Indeed” while “Beating Around The Bush” from the Oz movie soundtrack is a formidable performance with horns and guitars whipping around each other. The opening track of Live at San Remo NYE 1976 John "Boodle" Power plays bass and sings the Muddy Waters blues classic "Just to be With You"

Their covers were not obvious ones. Camilleri would go to hip underground record stores and find imported R&B, jazz and soul compilations.

From these came Joe Liggins’ cool shuffle “The Honeydripper”, Louis Jordan’s 1958 “Barnyard Boogie (Boogie In The Barnyard)” and rollicking 1949 “Saturday Night At The Fish Fry” and Sammy Kershaw’s 1958 hit “All In The Same Boat”. They were discoveries for much of the crowd and became live favourites.

Dave Ridoutt’s tape captures the last blaze of glory for the original lineup.

Not long after, Wayne Burt quit to spend more time on his graphic arts, to be replaced by guitarist Tony Faehse and saxplayer Wilbur Wilde.

Warne Burt: “I later regretted leaving. It was not for personality reasons. But we’d be playing at discos, and as soon as we went off for a break, everyone would hit the dance floor.

“Then we’d come back on, and everyone would leave. It was soul-destroying. But it forced Joe’s hand to write songs with the rest of the band which were commercially successful.”

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons went on to greater heights with radio hits as “Hit And Run” and “Shape I’m In”, platinum albums, playing legendary festivals as the Montreaux Jazz Festival and Elvis Costello taking such a shine to their “So Young” that he sang it every night on a world tour during the encore.

Joe Camilleri too sees Live At San Remo, NYE 1876 as capturing an early gold period.

“Soon as we had ‘Hit & Run’, we went further to the record books. But we lost something that I didn’t realise at the time. That wonderful thing we shared, this music, audience allowed us to f**k up because they’d laugh along.”



ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles

Showtech                Rigging                            

CMI                        P.A and Production                    

Clearlight                Lighting                                      

DSE Trucks  Transport                                   

Scully Outdoors       Outdoor Production          

Gigpower                Crewing and Staging                            

Lock and Load        Crewing                           

Chameleon Touring Lighting                            

JPJ                         P.A and Lighting                                             

Novatech                P.A and Lighting     

Phaseshift               Lighting                                      

Show FX Australia   Pyrotechnics                    

Event Personnel      Crewing                           

Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production

Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson
ARCA Co-founders and Directors.

Note from founders:-

" This is a small way we can help our mates get some self-worth and recognition for their contribution to the Aussie music industry and help if they are in crisis. It is a great honor for us to be able to present these memories to all."

All Hail Crew

"Looking after OUR OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE"
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Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band 2011 Live Tape to Drop May 1st

Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band 2011 Live Tape to Drop May 1st
CAPTAIN MATCHBOX WHOOPEE BAND
LIVE AT ORMOND HALL 2011 TAPE TO BE DROPPED MAY 1st

Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band’s Live At Ormond Hall 2011 is the third of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series.

The Desk Tape Series was created by ARCA to raise funds to help increase resources for Support Act’s "Roadies Fund" to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for crew.
The "Roadies Fund" was established as a joint venture between ARCA and Support Act.

Live At Ormond Hall 2011 follows releases from Redgum and TISM, with half a dozen more in the pipeline in the next six months. Thanx to Cathy Kirkpatrick for the photo and Phil Dracoulis for the mastering.

The Desk Tape Series will be available via streaming through:-

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The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band emerged in the early 1970s playing a mix of jugband, swing, blues, cabaret and jazz.

They incorporated underground theatre, circus, visual arts, counter culture politics, irreverent humour and vaudeville routines as tap dancing, juggling and fire-eating, and became one of the biggest bands of that time.

The Ormond Hall in Melbourne was their spiritual home.
So it’s not surprising that when they reunited as an eight piece in 2011 for the Reignited Tour, they would return there for a three night run.

“The audience was always crazy when we played there,” says Matchbox’s long time sound engineer Ian Bowles, who recorded the tapes with Ormond Hall’s house engineer Tim Marmach.

“This time was no different, this was the last of the thee nights.

“The one thing about Matchbox was that their audience was very diverse, and those who came out for Reignited were no different.

“It was a good room to play in, great acoustics.”

Mic Conway, who co-founded Matchbox agrees.

"The Ormond Hall show was part of a tour that started late December 2010 at Woodford Music Festival called Matchbox Reignited and went through 2011.

“Ormond Hall was a favourite stamping ground for us in the mid seventies with concerts for the Melbourne Artists Workshop and the legendary Reefer Cabarets.

“Ian “Bowlesy” Bowles was our sound engineer at the time and the best one we ever had. He was a wild boy, but no matter what he got up to, he did a great job with a sense of fun. We were thrilled to have him do sound for us for the revival.”

The eight who played on Reignited Tour were:

Mic Conway : Vocals, jug, washboard, tenor guitar.
Jim Conway : Harmonica, vocals
Don Hopkins : Keyboard, harmonies
Phil Donnison : National guitars, slide, ukulele, harmonies
Jess Green : Guitar, banjo, harmonies
Cazzbo Johns : Jug, electric bass, harmonies
Jeremy Cook : Drums, washboard, percussion, harmonies
George Washingmachine : Violin, mandolin, harmonies

Live At Ormond Hall 2011 includes all their stage favourites, including "My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes", "That Cat is High", "Smoke Dreams of You", "Hernando's Hideaway", "The Masochism Tango" and their famed set-closer "Wangaratta Wahine".

Mic and Jim Conway grew up in Melbourne mesmerised by the 78 rpm records of their grandparents, who were in vaudeville, and their parents who had a similar love for the style, and passed on their love of Fats Waller, the American jazz pianist, singer and comedian.
When at Camberwell High School, they formed the Jelly Bean Jug Band, whose antics included throwing jellybeans into the crowd.

All art or film students, they initially didn’t take themselves seriously, but their musicianship and whacky showmanship worked in their favour.

The name change to Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band came when they made it to the finals of Nine Network’s New Faces.

As Conway ruefully admits, they started out as a piss-take on the rock scene and despite their best intentions became part of it!

Their first single, a cover of the 1931 druggy song "My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes", went Top 40 in Melbourne in November 1972.

Debut album Smoke Dreams, from that year, stuck only to 1930s and 1940s jazz, blues and jugband standards. It was released in the US in the short-lived quadrophonic format, and very much in demand as a result.

The second album Wangaratta Wahine (1974) included covers of Fats Waller "Your Feet’s Too Big" and tango show tune "Hernando's Hideaway" from the musical The Pajama Game.

But Mic and new Matchbox multi-instrumentalist Dave Flett were also penning songs, like "Wait For Me Juanita" and "Wangaratta Wahine".

Legend goes that Jim Conway hated "Wangaratta Wahine" so much that he threatened to quit.

It wasn’t even intended to be a single, but radio started playing it, and they were invited to perform it on Countdown, and it reached #4 nationally.

Cartoonist Michael Leunig’s cover artwork saw it win 1974’s Album Cover of the Year.

Through the years, no less than 34 musicians passed through the ranks – all fine ones, including Stephen Cooney, Eric McCusker, Jimmy Niven, Louis McManus, Dave Hubbard, Peter Inglis, Mick Fleming, Chris Worral and Manny Paterakis.
Some went on to play in major bands, made movies, became major names overseas, and one joined the Hare Krishnas.

When the band began, Mic’s ambition was just to make an album.

In the end, they ended up releasing half a dozen, “two gold records and a ton of bad gigs.”

Early on they appeared in the Tim Burstall film “Stork” and later John Duigan’s1979 film “Dimboola” at about the same time as their last album “Slightly Troppo”.

The end came after the band suffered two disasters.

A nine week tour across the US, six with US bluesman John Lee Hooker, was cancelled when Hooker had a stroke.
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In 1980 they split up after a tragic truck smash which killed a crew member, seriously injured two, and destroyed much of their equipment.

Members remained in the spotlight with The Backsliders, The National Junk Band, The Conway Brothers Hiccups Orchestra and The Nighthawks.

Then in December 2010, Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival asked them to reunite, and they played at the festival which drew 126,000 patrons over six days.

It made sense to extend that to a national tour which saw them return to Ormond Hall.

ARCA thanx its Sponsors for supporting the ARCA Desk Tape Series:-
Sponsor Industry Roles
Showtech Rigging
CMI P.A and Production
Clearlight Lighting
DSE Trucks Transport
Scully Outdoors Outdoor Production
Gigpower Crewing and Staging
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Chameleon Touring Lighting
JPJ P.A and Lighting
Novatech P.A and Lighting
Phaseshift Lighting
Show FX Australia Pyrotechnics
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Norwest Productions P.A and Lighting Production
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TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

Date: April 10, 2020

Desk Tape Series Helping Roadies

TISM 1988 Live Tape To Drop April 10

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

All costs directly relating to The Desk Tape Series releases will be deducted from gross, after which the balance will be split 20% to ARCA and 80% to the Support Act "Roadies" fund. This fund was formed by Support Act and ARCA.

“The idea of our Desk Tape Series began some years ago for us to help in a small way to help give road crew recognition to themselves and to the public for their contribution to the Aussie music industry,” say founders and co-directors of ARCA, Ian Peel and Adrian Anderson.

“But with the country’s live performance industry estimated to have lost $350 million worth of work by the first week of April, we have to remember that crews are the most at-risk sector and need special extra funding. No crew, no show."

“It is a great honour for us to be able to present these memories to all."

ARCA established Black Box Records as the platform to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing worldwide distribution.

The next Desk Tape Series is TISM, Live At The Corner Hotel 1988, out for release on April 10.

Here is a link to TISM Live at the Corner Hotel:-
https://ffm.to/tismliveatthecornerhotel

It was recorded by Mark Woods, who also worked with The Models, Men At Work and Midnight Oil.

TISM (This Is Serious Mum) formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982. Their collision of electro pop, vicious satire and performance art, made them one of the country’s most popular live acts and even saw them achieve mainstream chart success.

Hiding behind masks, pseudonyms and elaborate stage costumes, TISM turned every performance and interview into an art event. In one such interview, journalists were stood at the opposite end of a football ground to the band, and forced to communicate via megaphone. On their first appearance on national TV in Australia, TISM appeared with 28 fully costumed members, performing their latest single, ‘Saturday Night Palsy’.

This track is featured on the 1988 Corner show, along with other singles ‘Defecate On My Face’ and ‘I’m Interested In Apathy’ from their ARIA-winning debut album ‘Great Truckin’ Songs Of The Renaissance’.

TISM would go on to win another ARIA for their 1995 Top 10 album ‘Machiavelli And The Four Seasons’.

TISM shows featured all manner of distractions, including debating competitions, an onstage wedding, a stock market simulation, a full costume performance of Shakespeare, a ‘Save Our TISM’ telethon, and even a show where two TISMs performed simultaneously at either ends of the venue.

The 1988 gig at the Corner was a more stripped-down affair, however it still saw the band revving two lawn mowers onstage during the set, highly dangerous behaviour in those pre-safety-conscious days of overcrowded venues.

More desk tapes will be released over the next few months.

Peel and Anderson point out, “Roadies have amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made ARCA their exclusive custodian.

“These tapes document the cultural significance of the Australian live music scene and serve as important historical records, requiring a release to ensure they may never be lost.

“Acts including Australian Crawl, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Wendy Matthews, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly have all expressed a willingness to participate, foregoing their performance royalties to assist the crews who have helped them on their journey. Redgum "Live in Amsterdam 1985" was released December 2018”

Sponsors for ARCA Desk Tape Series:-

Sponsor                 Industry Roles

Showtech                Rigging                            

CMI                        P.A and Production                    

Clearlight                Lighting                                      

DSE Trucks  Transport                                   

Scully Outdoors       Outdoor Production          

Gigpower                Crewing and Staging                            

Lock and Load        Crewing                           

Chameleon Touring Lighting                            

JPJ                         P.A and Lighting                                             

Novatech                P.A and Lighting     

Phaseshift               Lighting                                      

Show FX Australia   Pyrotechnics                    

Event Personnel      Crewing                           

Norwest                  P.A and Lighting Production     

N-print                     Artwork

The Desk tape Series will be available through:

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Amazon

Spotify

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2019 ARCA update...woo hoo

Annual News Letter:

We at ARCA hope all you magnificent bastards and bastardettes had a great Xmas and New Year. A bit overdue but here is an update.

Welcome 2019

2018 was one hell of a year for ARCA, and there has been much division and fractured relationships because of it. Roadies dont do that to Roadies.

Let’s all hope that this culture does not continue. Totally unnececesary. It is non conducive to the betterment of our collective aim, to help our mates. 

If it wasnt for ARCA the SA "Roadies" fund would not exist. If it wasnt for ARCA a lot of help would not have got out there to those that need it. If it wasnt for ARCA the awareness would not be happening. Lots of rungs on the board for the right reasons. If someone wants to help by contributing their ideas and time for the benefit and help of others, let them and give them support. Anyone receiving help would be grateful that people take their time to do it.

All hail crew !!!

On a sombre note we lost members this year;-

Jimi Bostock

Bill Dart

Chris Deutscher

Tony Ellison

Rick Kidner

Shane Letch

Lee Marsh

Simon Moran

Mark O'Donnell

Richard Pacholski

Warren Peryman

Kevin Richards

Peter Smith

Beau Southey

Jon Summerhayes

Don Tittmarsh

Fred van den Brouke

Derek Watkins

Barbara Williams 

Always remembered. Raise your glass for them...Has anyone made a phone call today ????????

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Read above. A gig to raise money for ARCA. If your in Qld drop in. A great cause and a good night. Thanx to those who put it together. Apparently Stuart Coupe will be attending. Onya Stuart. 

ARCA is and always will be the collective of crew, the collective backbone of the Aussie music industry. The addition to ARCAs list of sponsors and benefactors to assist ARCA and  Support Act (SA), with Clive Miller as the new SA CEO, is nothing short of a miracle of hard work to gain social and welfare support for our members.

There are behind the scenes goings on for Support Act which has been conducted by those that left ARCA. ARCA has not been asked to attend, support or requested to let its members know re Roady4roadies, which was originally a New Zealand initiative to help crew over the ditch. Over $20k was raised in NZ. ARCA supports this Aussie intiative and will help it if asked and we urge all to take part. Any sponsor or organisation who endeavours to raise donations to support crew via the SA "Roadies" fund is welcome. Even if they are not run by "Roadies". Its all a good cause. 

The "Roadies " fund is a great collaberation between SA and ARCA. "A Whole Lotta Love" going out to help crew that need it. ARCA continues to visit people in hospital and communicate in many other ways. Quite often its private and members wishes are respected for privacy. The look on faces when you walk into hospital tells a thousand stories. They are not alone. This is about more than raising money, although that is useful to assist help. Has anyone called in on someone??? ARCA has managed to put in so far over $15k into the fund.

Big thanx to Stuart Coupe for all his efforts getting a bunch of good roadie stories in a book called "Roadies". Stuart’s book is a wonderful piece of history of the Aussie music industry with some great stories from crew’s perspectives. A tribute and sign of great respect for what crew have contributed to the Aussie music industry, and who have helped pioneer the growth of. Incredible effort. The 2 book launches raised over $10k for the SA Roadies fund. Thanx Stuart....

Paul Hawkes is making a fantastic effort in organising the next reunion which will be in Adelaide next year, spreading it around the country. Awesome! Anyone that can help Paul let him know.

A big shout out of thanks goes to Tim Bradsmith for organising the Perth reunion this year, great effort and even made Gruzzle feel his age...

Oh and here is a ARCA CBA bank statement thing that was requested...
Opening balance - Total debits + Total credits = Closing balance

$15,027.19  $          79.72             Nil                 $14,947.47 CR

All sponsors financial support for the Desk Tape Series is safe and is ongoing with their full support. ARCA has raised over $1500 for the Roadies fund from the first release, Redgum Live in Amsterdam. Thanks to John Schumann and Redgum for their support. Fantastic effort. Dave Harding  is onto the series and any help would be appreciated. Its a great idea with a positive outcome. 

We crew are very grateful for the support from so many. Awareness and support is crucial to give crew the recognition that they deserve and some self worth and dignity.

Best regards from all of us at ARCA and thanx goes to all sponsors and all those that have put their hands up to help.

Heres to 2019. Dont be afraid to put your hand up.

“Looking after our OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE”

ARCA

Vision

Our Vision is to bring together the Collective Backbone of the Australian Music Industry, Past, Present and Future Australian Road Crew, and ensure the health and wellbeing of its members

Mission

Our Mission is to promote, facilitate and encourage social interaction and wellbeing of its members and associates past, present and future We do this by:-

 Encouraging past, present and future Australian Road crew to join our membership as a collective

 Facilitating social media forums whereby ARCA’s members can openly communicate

 Facilitate social gatherings in each state, whereby past, present and future members can get together

 Facilitate and distribute regular emails, newsletters, social media posts to inform our members of upcoming events, “those in need”, education and mentoring opportunities, fundraising opportunities and the like

 To encourage and promote interaction and contact between our members especially for:- welfare checks, mentoring, mateship, friendship ongoing support, share our stories, knowledge and experience.

 To facilitate and encourage fundraising opportunities so as we can continue to support “those in need” within our Australian Road Crew Community: - through the Roadies Fund via Support Act through ARCA Direct

 To promote ARCA to the wider community and public to enhance more awareness of ARCA and crew

 To facilitate and promote education, awareness and mentorship for those present and future particularly focusing on Health and Welfare.

 To promote acknowledgement, respect and recognition of those past, present and future of Australian Road crew

 To ensure the legacy of ARCA continues to serve its members and the Australian Road Crew as the Collective Backbone of the Australian Music Industry.

It has been said that everlasting friends go long periods of time without speaking and never question their friendship.

These friends pick up the phone like they just spoke yesterday, regardless of how long it has been or how far away they live and they don’t hold grudges.

They understand that life is busy and you will always love them…

We are roadies.
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Incredible book of truth release

Incredible book of truth release
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Chugg Entertainment & Support Act Presents
A CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIAN ROAD CREW
To coincide with the publication of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock‘n’Roll by Stuart Coupe, Chugg Entertainment & Support Act are pleased to announce two special lunchtime events at The Factory, Sydney (Wednesday, 26 September 2018) and Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne  (Thursday, 4 October 2018).
During the lunches, Stuart will sit down with legends of the Australian road crew world, Nicky Campbell and Ross Ferguson in Sydney and Howard Freeman and Geoff Lloyd in Melbourne to recall various tales of life on the road. The world’s first female roadie, Tana Douglas, is flying in from Los
Angeles to speak on both panels. 
All are featured in Stuart’s book, which covers 60 years of
Australian music, commencing in 1957.
The lunches will run from 12:00pm until 2:30pm and will include acoustic performances in Sydney from Richard Clapton & Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd from Hoodoo Gurus. Phil Manning will be performing in Melbourne with more artists to be announced. All attendees will receive a signed copy of the book with net proceeds to benefit the Support Act Roadies Fund, which is administered in association with ARCA – The Australian Road Crew Association.
“Roadies are the backbone of the Australian music industry. Like everyone else, we were excited to hear that their contribution to Australian music was being documented by Stuart. We are looking forward to re-living the highs and the lows, and of course, to raising funds for those that are doing it
tough.”- Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act.
“ARCA thanks Support Act for their continued support of road crew and this function for getting together an incredible bunch of stories from the ‘Roadies’ that helped build the Australian music industry with their hands, hearts and minds. We acknowledge their contribution and give tribute to the fallen. As we all know no crew, no show.”- Ian Peel, Director of ARCA.
Stuart Coupe is an author, journalist, music commentator, independent artist, publicist and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books he has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock'n'Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003) and Gudinski (2015).
Full event details are as follows:
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Sydney - Factory Theatre Wednesday 26 September 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Nicky Campbell-The Rebels, Skyhooks, Rene Geyer, Cold Chisel
Ross Ferguson -Little River Band, Tina Turner, Elton John, Beastie Boys
Tana Douglas- AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Melbourne - Thornbury Theatre Thursday 4 October 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Howard Freeman Sherbet, Dragon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Geoff Lloyd Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, Last Chance Cafe
Tana Douglas AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Event Rundown
12:00pm Pre Drinks
12:30pm Artist Performance
12:45pm Lunch Commences
1:15pm Panel Commences
2:15pm Artist Performance
2:30pm Close
ON SALE NOW
SYDNEY:
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Factory Theatre
Book now at:
http://bit.ly/FAC18-SupportActLuncheon
MELBOURNE:
Thursday 4 October 2018
Thornbury Theatre
Book now at:
https://thornburytheatre.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx…
TICKET PRICES (no GST):
Single Entry: $80.00
Tables of 10: $800.00
(Includes entry, hot buffet lunch & a copy of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock ‘n Roll)
For Media enquiries please contact Sue McAullay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Support Act Fundraising Licence No: BOOK18
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