English mas­ter

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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.

Jon English re­turns with his ac­claimed band of gun young mu­si­cians in

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