FES­TIVE ROCKER

Jon English wants fans to bring their danc­ing shoes when the Six Rib­bons singer looks to shake it up at Jupiters The­atre on Satur­day

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS - ROD BEN­NETT Leg­ends Live plays Jupiters The­atre on Satur­day night

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.

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