97.3FM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION RETURNS
SALUTING THE BEST OF THE 70s, 80s & 90s
WITH MORE OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS!
After massive sold out shows in 2015 and 2016, 97.3FM and Empire Touring are thrilled to announce, for the third year running, the 97.3FM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION concert for 2017. 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 Saturday, 9th September, 2017.
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 Bianca, Terry & Bob.
“Break out that old school uniform and get ready to party with us!”
“What a night … we’ll be celebrating Australia’s best live music from the last 30 years with a full house of our fabulous 97 3 listeners!”
“Can’t wait to hear a packed house belting out “Love Is In The Air” with JPY!,” Bianca, Terry & Bob, 97.3FM
We can now unveil the following acts for HIGH SCHOOL REUNION 2017…(drum roll please):
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.
JOHN PAUL YOUNG, OAM, is undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70’s, with a string of National and International hits including I Hate The Music, Yesterday’s Hero, Standing in the Rain and, of course, Love is in the Air, resulting in over 4 million record sales and cementing him a place in our music history. JPY was a Countdown regular, as both guest presenter, co-host and performer and his music became the soundtrack to the countdown generation, launching a career spanning more than 40 years. Along with performing, John has had equal successes in radio, television and theatre, including a Helpmann Award nomination for best supporting artist. In 2009, John was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012, his 40th year in the industry, John was honoured with an Order of Australia for his services to charity and the music industry.
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.
“Compu-PU-pu-PU-pu-PU Computer Games”! If that chorus from the MI-SEX hit isn’t familiar to you then you didn’t live through the early 80’s. This international hit single preceded the glut of similar-sounding British chart entrants by a year or more and is one of the defining pop-rock songs of the Australasian music-scape. It ascended to #1 on the Australian charts in November ’79 and hit the top five in New Zealand. By April 1980 Computer Games had charted in more than 20 countries, and had peaked inside the top ten in Canada, France, Austria, Italy, West Germany and South Africa. Lead singer, Steve Gilpin’s unfortunate death in 1992 forced MI-SEX underground for 20 years and the simple acceptance of an invitation by Steve Balbi to front MI-SEX at a private party and the Christchurch Quake Relief Concert to confirm the right chemistry that would once again ignite their passion for “live performance” and we couldn’t be happier.
THE CHANTOOZIES Originally formed for a one off show in 1986 and after an overwhelming response became one of Australia’s favourite girl bands, touring extensively. They achieved great success with their original material Wanna Be Up, Kiss And Tell, Walk On and covers of Witch Queen, He’s Gonna Step on You, Love the One You’re With and I’ll Be There; all top 20 hits reaching platinum and gold sales. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s they shared the stage with many of Australia’s biggest acts and supported Billy Joel for an Australian 38 show tour. The girls reunited in 1988 for ‘The 25 years of Mushroom Music’ event, the ‘Countdown Spectacular’ tour in 2006 and again in 2012 when they supported Rick Astley on his Australian tour. THE CHANTOOZIES released their first new recording in 23 years in 2014, a cover of the Promises hit Baby It’s You.
REAL LIFE formed in Melbourne during the early 80’s. After working six nights a week, building a local following for a couple of years, they released their first record Send Me An Angel, from their first album, Heartland. The song was a big hit in most parts of the world. Other singles from that album were Openhearted, Catch Me I’m Falling and Always. REAL LIFE released their second and final album with the original line-up in 1985 titled Flame, which spawned some hits including Face To Face.
THE RADIATORS formed 1978 , Led by Brian Nichol the band are renowned for delivering a night pub rock anthems .The albums Feel the Heat (March 1980) and Scream of the Real (May 1983), both topped the charts . The singles “Coming Home”, “No Tragedy” and “Gimme Head” are Aussie classics . Rock music historian, Ian McFarlane described the group as “an archetypal, hard-working pub-rock band capable of delivering tightly crafted, well-executed, hard-hitting metal-pop anthems backed by a playful sense of humour. The band tour constantly, racking up over 3500 gigs. The Rads really know how to deliver a fun filled night of Aussie Pub rock
SHANE HOWARD is one of Australia’s most important and influential writers and singers – he combines a deep understanding of poetic & musical folk traditions, as well as capturing the essential spirit of Australia, through his words and music. Shane was the founding member of legendary band, Goanna, who released three albums. Spirit Of Place, released in 1982, was the first Australian album to go to the top of the charts in its first week of release. The album spawned the powerful and iconic hit song, Solid Rock, which to this day, continues to be heard across the airwaves. SHANE HOWARD went on to release solo albums and has gained an incredible number of accolades for his contribution to the folk & indigenous communities, as well as human right campaigns across the country. He was awarded a Fellowship by the Australian Council for the Arts in 2000, in recognition for his contribution to Australian musical life.
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.
DRAGON formed in 1972 and became a household name with hits that remain classics, such as Rain, Are you Old Enough?, Still in Love with You, O Zambesi and 1977’s hit summer anthem April Sun in Cuba! After the untimely death of enigmatic lead singer Marc Hunter, DRAGON are now led by bass player Todd Hunter and New Zealand singer MARK WILLIAMS. DRAGON’s imprint on a generation was affirmed when Are You Old Enough? was used in the opening credits of the hit TV series, Puberty Blues. In 2008 the Australian Recording Industry Association recognised DRAGON’s iconic status when they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012 they celebrated their 40th anniversary with a string of sell out shows across the country.
Tickets for 97.3FM HIGH SCHOOL REUNION go on sale on Monday 12th June at 10.00am 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.
97.3FM High School Reunion
Saturday 9th September, 2017 – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Tickets for 97.3FM High School Reunion and are on sale
Monday 12th June at 10.00am from
Shane Howard (Goanna)
John Paul Young
Mark Williams (Dragon)
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