Jon English wants fans to bring their dancing shoes when the Six Ribbons singer looks to shake it up at Jupiters Theatre on Saturday
Renowned rocker Jon English says there are basically three kinds of crowds you prepare to play for. “There’s the crowds in the big clubs, where you play to maybe 500 people, where there is the opportunity for some patter between songs,” he says.
“Then there is the intimate crowd in a smaller venue where you can chat one-onone. And then there’s the festivals, where there’s 20,000, and you’re really playing at them.”
He says the rule-of-thumb was to play to the back row. English will be doing that as he prepares to rock out at Jupiters Theatre this weekend for a special Rockin Good Christmas Show.
Part of the Legends Live series, the Six Ribbons singer will perform alongside Doug Parkinson, Frankie J Holden and Wilbur Wilde. Hosted by special guest Ken Sparkes, English says fans should bring their dancing shoes and prepare to be treated to songs like Looking for an Echo, Eagle Rock, The Wanderer and Twistin’ the Night Away.
“I can’t stand these guys who turn up to a gig with just a guitar,” he says. “I want to hear the whole thing.
“You’re really playing for your audience. It’s their gig.”
Jon English burst on to the scene playing Judas Iscariot in the 1972 production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
It has become one of the most successful productions to date, with actors lining up for the opportunity to snatch English’s former starring role.
“I suppose the most nervous performance for me was the opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar,” he says.
“I had absolutely nothing to compare it to. I was the first one ever to play Judas so I didn’t know if I would do the character justice. And I was a baby too. I was only in my early ‘20s.”
Jon English promises a treat for fans in a Rockin Good Christmas Show this weekend.