Last year’s Rocks At The Races was a resounding success with 12 bands giving the people of Wagga Wagga their all.
There were so many memorable performances, in particular Chocolate Starfish, Dragon and 1927 who will be back again this year along with a stellar line-up of Glenn Shorrock, The Radiators, Moving Pictures, John Paul Young,
Wa Wa Nee, Thirsty Merc, GANGgajang, Mark Gable (Choirboys) and Real Life for the 2nd Annual MTC Rock at the Races on Saturday 11th November 2017.
Triple M are excited to bring you the 2nd year of the ROCK AT THE RACES concert featuring 12 of the biggest Australian acts of the 80s at Wagga Wagga’s very own Murrumbidgee Turf Club.
Triple M play the music we all love from the 80’s and host some of the best on air talent including Pottsy and Leighton who will come together to host the ROCK AT THE RACES concert event which will be a day of hits and memories with twelve of Australia’s most well-loved 80s hit makers gracing the stage and taking a whole generation back to a time when rock ‘n roll was a way of life and there wasn’t a camera phone in sight.
“Rock At The Races was the biggest thing to hit Wagga Wagga last year. To be up on stage introducing the artists and looking out over a massive sea of people was sensational. Everyone had a great time. Triple M is once again proud to be part of being able to bring this great event to Wagga Wagga & the Riverina.If you were there in ’16 you’ll be back. Don’t miss the 2017 show on November 11 – it’s a great line up again” – Pottsy & Leighton, Triple M
The Murrumbidgee Turf Club is very excited to have the return of Rock at the Races music event in November.
“After a very successful concert in 2016, the MTC is delighted to be bringing this event to Wagga again’’ Many of these acts are household names and they will play 50 of their biggest hits throughout the afternoon,” MTC Promotions Manager Michelle Merrylees said. “They have stood the test of time and will no doubt be very popular with all generations of music lovers..”
Without further ado, the legendary artists set to rock the race track are (drum roll please) …
GLENN SHORROCK founding member of pop groups The Twilights, Axiom and Little River Band as well as being a solo performer. The Twilights had eight consecutive national hit singles including Needle in a Haystack and What’s Wrong with the Way I Live. Axiom’s top 10 hits were Arkansas Grass, Little Ray of Sunshine and My Baby’s Gone. Little River Band had national and international chart success, including the Shorrock-penned Emma, Help Is on Its Way and Cool Change. Shorrock was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1991 and as a member of Little River Band in 2004. In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association , as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named Cool Change as one of the APRA Top 30 Australian songs of all time.
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.
DRAGON formed in Auckland in 1972, relocating to Sydney in 1975, led by enigmatic lead singer, Marc Hunter, and currently led by his brother bass player, Todd Hunter. DRAGON had the nation in mass sing-alongs with their hits the No. 1 smash, Are You Old Enough?, Still in Love with You , Rain, O Zambezi and 1977’s hit summer anthem, April Sun in Cuba. 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. DRAGON achieved legendary status in 2008 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.
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.
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.
WA WA NEE broke the Australian tradition of pub rock in the mid-’80s with a combination of expertly packaged funk-pop, designed for a mass audience. WA WA NEE’s ascent of the Australian charts began with the April 1986 release of the single Stimulation, which peaked nationally at No. 2 on the Singles Chart. Three further singles also made the Australian Top 20 and their self-titled debut album yielded platinum sales of over 70,000 and a Top 30 hit in the US with Sugar Free. Sadly the band called it quits in 1988 though founding member, Paul Gray, has continued working as an in-demand writer, producer and musician between reformation shows.
Choirboys led by charismatic frontman MARK GABLE formed on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 1979. They were soon scooped up by legendary producer George Young from the Easybeats for Alberts Music. Their first album spawned the hits “Never Gonna Die” and “Boys in the Band”, but it wasn’t until 1987 that they realised the classic rock anthem Run to Paradise which is the 11th highest selling single of the 80s. That song propelled them to legendary stays in Australia and the embarked on many sell out pub tours of their own as well as bills with The Angels, Cold Chisel, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple and Def Leppard. To this day Mark performs the classic “Run To Paradise” and a singalong is 100% guaranteed.
THE RADIATORS formed in 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.
MOVING PICTURES’ seminal debut album, Days of Innocence, came out in October, 1981 and went to No. 1 in February the following year. In January 1982 they released their single, What About Me, which reached No. 1 here in Australia, No. 29 on the American Billboard Hot 100 and appeared on the associated year-end Hot 100 list for 1983. In October 1983 MOVING PICTURES released their second album, Matinee, reaching No. 16 with their non-album single, Never, appearing on two major motion picture soundtracks – Footloose and Hot Rod. By the end of 1987, the group had disbanded reuniting again in 2005, 2011 and 2013. Lead singer, Alex Smith, has been living in the UK for the past 21 years where he works in special needs education using music to help children with profound and complex needs to communicate.
When GANGgajang‘s beloved friend and bass player Chris Bailey passed away in 2013, four original members Cal Callaghan, Buzz Bidstrup, Geoff Stapleton and Robbie James made a pact to continue on as Chris had wished to celebrate 30 years since the band began. GANGgajang released its first single, Gimme Some Lovin’ in November 1984, reaching the top of the charts in early 1985. Shortly after, their self-titled debut album gained the number one spot in Perth and Brisbane with their quirky anthem Sounds of Then (This Is Australia) quickly finding a place on mainstream radio across Australia. Four classic albums followed including the cult Quiksilver film Mad Wax soundtrack, a retrospective DVD, and countless tours of Australia and Brazil. The band eagerly looks forward to its 30th year celebration.
THIRSTY MERC are an Australian pop rock band formed in 2002 by Rai Thistlethwayte (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Phil Stack (bass guitar), Karl Robertson (drums), and Matthew Baker (guitar). Thirsty Merc have released 4 albums: Thirsty Merc (August 2004), Slideshows (April 2007), Mousetrap Heart (June 2010) and Shifting Gears (September 2015). The band have sold over 200,000 albums, toured extensively around Australia, and received national radio airplay for their tracks. Their smash hit In the Summertime is the theme song of TV Show Bondi Rescue and hits like 20 Good Reasons, The Hard Way and now their latest hit the Good Life are radio and fan favourites.
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
If it is anything like 2016 these are expected to sell out so don’t miss this opportunity!
ROCK AT THE RACES – Saturday 11th November 2017
Murrumbidgee Turf Club
On sale from Monday 15th May at 10am from www.ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100
*Transaction fees, processing fees and other charges may apply.
This is a fully licensed 18+ event
Strictly no BYO food or alcohol
No tables, tents or sun shelters are permitted
No umbrellas (even if it is raining) bring good quality raincoats and gumboots instead
Tickets are General Admission
Unreserved grass and unreserved seating in the grandstand
SHOW TIME: 4.30PM
Marc Christowski. Vibe Creator - 0415 870 955
Samantha Leighton. Assistant Vibe Creator - 0414 888 987Isobel Christowski. Assistant Vibe Creator - 0416 633 084