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The Aussie Rock Experience

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Memo Hall St Kilda, 88 Acland st, St Kilda Melbourne

The Australian Music Industry has produced some of the world's greatest rock music, from the internationally renowned work of AC/DC, INXS, Nick Cave, Men At Work, to John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, The Divinyls & Paul Kelly. Australian rock and roll kicked of in the 50’s with artists like Johnny O'Keefe. O'Keefe was the first Australian to reach the national charts with his hit Wild One. Radio plays and record sales were dominated by US and British artists well into the 1960s, but local successes began to emerge – notably The Easybeats who had significant local and international success – their song “Friday On My Mind” was a chart topper and was also recorded by David Bowie in the UK, while AC/DC had their first hits in Australia before going on to international success. Pub rock enjoyed huge popularity in the 1980s with the likes of AC/DC, Divinyls, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Hunters & Collectors, The Choirboys, The Angels, Noiseworks, Cold Chisel and Icehouse. INXS achieved fame worldwide as did Men at Work with the song "Down Under" becoming an unofficial Australian anthem. The 1990s saw a surge in the popularity of indie rock bands in Australia. Local bands, including You Am I, Powderfinger, Silverchair Jebediah, Spiderbait, The Superjesus, Regurgitator, and Something for Kate, were dominating the airwaves. In the 2000s, Australian music went back in time with groups such as The Vines, Jet, Airbourne and Wolfmother deriving their sound from the sounds & styles of the 60’s & 70’s and charting internationally. The Aussie Rock experience is about paying homage to these artists and the Aussie Music Industry, to take a nostalgic look back at our youth and introduce todays youth to some amazing, inspirational people and their music. The MC Peter Rowsthorn is a high energy, fast paced stand up comedian one minute and a measured character actor the next. A masterful MC of corporate and private functions, he has been performing his slick & blistering stand up for three decades. Most recently, Peter has appeared regularly on "Thank God You're Here" series 1, 2, 3 and 4, popped up on "Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation" But Peter is probably still best known as long-suffering husband and pants-man Brett Craig on “Kath & Kim” and most recently in "Paper Planes" the movie as Mr. Hickenlooper and this year he is telling the story of Aussie Rock at Memo Music Hall with a full live band. The Music The cream of Aussie rock music presented by a live 8 piece band and incorporating, dancers and costumes. The sounds and visuals will invoke memories of a place, a time, a fashion, family and friends. From John Farnham and Daddy Cool to Cold Chisel, Australian Crawl and Midnight Oil, the journey will be filled with the best of what makes Aussie music so great. The Band The Band is led by ex-Hunters & Collectors founding member Ray Tosti (ARIA Hall Of Fame) and backed by pro session & live players.