Empire Touring is thrilled to bring you music from The Easybeats and Steve Wright, performed by Australia’s rock n roll royalty: Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson, Kram, Tex Perkins & Tim Rogers. This full blown musical experience is bound to resonate with music aficionados.
The Easybeats left an undeniable mark on Australian music history by becoming the first local band to generate an international hit. They steered a new era of people away from mainstream music culture and earned them comparisons to the likes of The Beatles. In Australia, they were the reigning kings of rock & roll from the summer of 1965, assembling a string of eight Top Ten chart hits in a year and a half, including an EP that managed the unusual feat of making the singles chart. ‘’Friday On My Mind” was a huge success, reaching number one in Australia, number six in Britain and making it into the top 20 in the US. They went on to record several more hits including ‘’Sorry’’, ‘’She’s So Fine’’, ‘’Wedding Ring’’, and ‘’Good Times’’.
After The Easybeats broke up in 1969, Stevie Wright released his debut solo album Hard Road in 1974, which spawned the three-part epic single ‘’Evie’’, to a phenomenal response. After the single was released, it shot to No. 1 and remained in the charts for 26 weeks – it became the biggest Australian single of that particular year and the only pop song over six minutes to reach No 1. In 1979, Stevie Wright headlined The Concert of the Decade on the steps of Sydney Opera House, which featured a stellar line-up of acts. It was there that he performed Evie (complete) – which after all these years, is still referred to as a mind-blowing experience, by the thousands of adoring fans that were there on the day.
In 2005, The Easybeats were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. To this day, their music continues to inspire and transcend new generations of musicians and music lovers, particularly, the all-star team of Aussie artists that will perform songs of The Easybeats in December this year.
‘’The Australian rock’n’roll landscape would look very different without the contribution of the Easybeats. The energy and electricity of those old black and white TV performances have always been a source of Inspiration to me. I get goosebumps thinking about it. They are one of the most influential Aussie bands ever and rightly bloody so. The combined musical brilliance of that band and the songwriting skills means their tunes are absolutely timeless.’’
’I adore The Easybeats. The tunes, the look, the sound. It gets me. I’m equal parts nervous, excited & daunted by taking on these huge songs live. It is going to be one hell of a show.’’
‘’I’m lookin’ forward heaps to these Easybeats tribute shows with the likes of Tex, Tim, Chris & Jamo … to get the honour of performing this legendary band’s songs live is awesome for all of us as we are such huge fans. They were the first Australian band to conquer the world outside of these shores & set a precedent still being felt today. The songs are so great and their story of emigrating as young lads to Australia from different parts of the world, to then become this massive band and influence so many others after is quite incredible –
I mean they actually changed the course of music in Australia forever.
I got to work with Harry Vanda on The Wrights project – he was such an awesome legend to us all making that record – and I’m now stoked to be able to be part of this tour as well.
See you out there Australia. Can’t wait!’’
‘’’The Easybeats were not only the best band to ever come out of this country, they are by far the most influential band to ever come out of this country. We all owe a great deal of gratitude to them and I can’t wait to get my throat around some of these incredible songs in what should be an awesome show.’’
‘’The Easybeats have loomed so large in my imagination since I first heard them age 8, their aggression and finesse, the sexuality and cheek has been a template for any band I’ve been involved in. When the band’s music became more personal a few years back those songs I will defend til death. My brothers and I will revel in the opportunity to bash and pash the living hell outta these beautiful tunes.’’
These shows will also feature the super Easyfever band: Jak Housden (The Whitlams), Ashley Naylor (Even), Dario Bortolin (Baby Animals), Dave Hibbard (Joe Bonamassa) and Clayton Doley (Divinyls)
Don’t miss out on the musical journey that is Easyfever – songs from The Easybeats and Stevie Wright
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