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Peace, love and joy on the 2019 Apia Good Times tour
Eight all-time super stars of the Australian stage and music industry strutted their stuff, live, at the Palais for the 2019 Apia Good Times All-Star Tour. Kaye Fallick, Publisher, YourLifeChoices was there as a guest of Apia and shares her experience below.
And then there are eight.
It’s the Melbourne finale and fans who’ve grown up with these legends are well and truly on their feet, dancing and calling out for the two final songs we know will bring the house down.
And here they come, first Eagle Rock, belted out by spring-chicken Ross Wilson, as he twirls around the stage, playing his guitar and demanding chorus after chorus of vocal back-up from his co-stars.
And then the one that totally nails it. Of course. Love is in the Air sung by a youthful looking JPY, immaculate in a sharply tailored suit, diminutive, but more than holding his own against his larger-than-life musical buddies.
This is my fourth Apia Good Times concert, and definitely the best yet. And that is not just because the artists were all time favourites of mine. Vika and Linda Bull, Ross Wilson, Russell Morris, Kate Ceberano, Joe Camilleri, Brian Cadd and John Paul Young make a formidable lineup.
But the secret of the best-ever concert lay in the pairing and partnering of artists on each other’s signature hits, with Russell Morris supporting Brian Cadd on Little Ray of Sunshine, The Bull Sisters joining Kate Ceberano for Pash and JPY and Russell Morris doing the backing honours for Ross Wilson on Come Back Again. Every time we turned around, a different duo or trio would be back on stage offering a new and exciting rendition of time-honoured Australian rock classics.The backing musicians were equally talented, and with a set which featured a backdrop of constantly evolving psychedelic wallpapers, it was peace and love all around, baby.
Apia is an insurance brand which has marked out its territory with Australians over 50. It is difficult not to remember that sentiment when these total legends of our music industry have continued to perform at Apia concerts, at such a high level for the past seven years. This year the Good Times tour hosted 16 shows around the country.
Years ago author Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called The Outliers, which noted that the true geniuses of the world such as Bill Gates and the Beatles, had all completed at least 10,000 hours apprenticeship at their craft – that’s about five years in a regular 9-5 job. Vika and Linda, Ross, Russell, Kate, Joe, Brian and John have probably completed a combined total of 280 years of singing, songwriting and playing musical instruments. It shows in their confident delivery, their easy presence and their warm connection with the Good Times audience. They are loved and appreciated for their long careers as much as they are for their energetic and joyful delivery. Long live the Apia Good Times tours, I say.
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