OLLOWING his hugely successful national The Rock Show tours, Aussie performance icon Jon English is back with a new show, Rock Revolution.
English was one of the last acts to play Jupiters Theatre last year before it closed for a $20 million refit and can’t wait to return tomorrow to make the most of the theatre’s new state-ofthe-art sound and lighting systems.
Rock Revolution features more hits from the ’60s and ’70s performed by a nine-piece cast of young multitalented musicians and singers.
Fans can expect to hear a setlist the draws from the output of everyone from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zepplin to Queen, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Easybeats, Jackson 5, Joni Mitchell, T Rex, Black Sabbath, Tina Turner and Suzi Quatro – alongside English’s own hits.
‘‘ Rock Revolution is loosely based on The Rock Show format with some new multi-talented young players,’’ English says.
‘‘The songs are from 1965 to 1980 and it examines the weird conundrum that happens every 15 to 20 years when a generation grows up. But it is definitely not a tribute show.
‘‘I think the energy that the band brings is the reason for the show’s success and I anchor it and I give it legitimacy because I remember it and I was actually there.’’
Since he rocketed to success in Jesus Christ Superstar in the early 1970s, English has been regarded as one of the few Australian performers to have successfully combined a TV and stage career with music.
English says he still enjoys spending a large part of each year out on the road.
‘‘There are all these young things, young talent everywhere (who) definitely teach me as well. I’m learning all the time on tour. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t still be performing.’’
While Rock Revolution features plenty of the heavier rock classics that have made English’s previous shows so successful, he has also incorporated lighter offerings, including from Otis Redding, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan.
‘‘There is a bit more funk and Motown in the mix compared to The Rock Show,’’ he says.
‘‘Each show is not a mere formula of the previous one. There is improvisation. We try to change things around all the time.’’
Jon English’s plays Jupiters Hotel & Casino tomorrow at 7.30pm.
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