FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9.00am, Monday 9th May, 2016: After A massive sold out show last year, 97.3FM and Empire Touring are thrilled to announce, for the second year running, the 97.3FM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION concert for 2016. This year you’ll once again be transported to Oz Rock heaven with a blockbuster line-up, delivering your favourite superstar acts from the 70s, 80s and 90s for one night only at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel on Friday, 26th August, 2016.
97.3FM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION will be three hours, full of hits & performances from ten of Australia’s most well-loved 70s, 80s and 90s acts. 97.3FM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION saw its first incarnation in Sydney in 2014 as the PURE GOLD LIVE concert series. PURE GOLD LIVE was 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 enthusiastic crowd. The event was so successful, that it rolled out across the country in 2015 and since then, this series of concerts has now established itself as one of the most popular and successful live shows in the country.
97.3FM is thrilled to once again, be presenting HIGH SCHOOL REUNION hosted by 97.3FM Breakfast’s Terry & Bob.
“We had so much fun at the 2015 97.3FM High School Reunion, there had to be a sequel! See you there! Robin, Terry and Bob, 97.3FM
We can now unveil the following acts…(drum roll please):
Now Listen! Mr Eagle Rock, ROSS WILSON, 2 time ARIA Hall of Fame Inductee, founder of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock continues to have a Hell Of A Time while Living In The Land Of Oz. Always believing Ego Is Not A Dirty Word, the Skyhooks and Jo Jo Zep producer hasn’t stagnated by Living In the 70’s, but continued moving like The Fugitive Kind through the Summer of 81 into the 21st Century following his credo All I Wanna Do Is Rock. When the Chemistry is right to Come Back Again, he’ll get up off his Bed Of Nails, bring A Touch of Paradise to your Cool World and examine your State of the Heart. With No Time to lose practicing Primitive Love Rites in Primal Park, Things Are Hotting Up with Wilson’s song I Come In Peace being covered and becoming Joe Cocker’s last hit single. Come Said The Boy, to a Ross Wilson show in a venue near you, because we all know You’ve All Got To Go!
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. It may just be the band’s finest album yet.
Featuring Grace Knight on vocals and Bernie Lynch on guitar and vocals, EUROGLIDERS took the charts by storm in the 1980s. Audiences were blown away, and Grace Knight captivated fans with her ‘manic ballerina’ stage persona. In 1984, EUROGLIDERS released their album This Island, which spawned their No. 2 hit single, Heaven (Must Be There). Heaven also peaked at No. 21 on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and appeared on the Hot 100. Another Australian top ten album, Absolutely, followed in 1985, which provided three further top ten singles, We Will Together, The City of Soul and Can’t Wait to See You. Grace and Bernie, along with their superb band, have reunited to once again captivate audiences with their sophisticated and high-energy brand of pop.
DALE RYDER formed Boom Crash Opera in 1985 and they quickly became one of the hottest live acts in the country. The release of their first single Great Wall was a huge smash hit and then the albums and hits just kept coming; Hands Up in the Air, Onion Skin, The Best Thing and Dancing In the Storm were all staples of radio stations across the country. DALE RYDER is without doubt one of the most charismatic front men in the country, gathering accolades and awards along the way.
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.
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 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.
SEAN KELLY started his career in the early 70s as lead singer of Teenage Radio Stars and is best known as lead singer of Models, who formed in 1978 and had a run of massive hits including the Number 1 hit Out Of Mind Out Of Sight, Barbados, I Hear Motion and Big On Love. Models disbanded in 1988 and Sean formed Absent Friends with Wendy Matthews, James Valentine and Garry Gary Beers of INXS, the band had a massive hit with ARIA award winning song I Don’t Want To Be With Nobody But You. Sean then went on to form The Dukes whose debut album was nominated for an Album of the Year ARIA award. Since that time on various occasions line ups of the Models have reformed and in 2010 Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN took Australian audiences by storm, which saw them rise to the top of the charts, as their music stood squarely within the New Romantic movement that dominated the music scene in the mid-1980’s. Forming in Melbourne in 1983, KIDS IN THE KITCHEN enjoyed strong chart success with four Top 20 hits on the Australian Singles Chart, “Change in Mood” (1983), “Bitter Desire” (1984), “Something That You Said” and “Current Stand” (both 1985). The related album, Shine (20 May 1985), reached No. 9 on the Australian Album Chart.
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.
CHOCOLATE STARFISH burst on to the charts in 1993 with their classic cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. A string of original hits followed, including Mountain, Four Letter Word and Accidentally Cool. CHOCOLATE STARFISH released just two albums before taking some time out – 1994′s self-titled debut (which spent two months in the Top 10) and 1995′s Box (which reached number six). CHOCOLATE STARFISH was Australia’s hardest-working band in the ’90s, playing more than 700 gigs between 1993 and 1997, once doing 22 nights in a row. The band never officially broke up, they just simply stopped playing in 1997. Fast forward to now and the band have recently released an acoustic record Born Again Versions and returned to doing what they do best performing with all the joie de vivre they are renowned for.
Tickets for 97.3FM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION go on sale on Monday 23rd May at 9.00am and are expected to sell FAST so don’t miss out on your opportunity to party like a teenager and see your legendary Aussie idols on stage.