The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - IAIN SHED­DEN

NICE to see the likes of Aus­tralian acts the John But­ler Trio and Missy Hig­gins set­ting an ex­am­ple in the lead- up to their per­for­mances at to­day’s Live Earth con­cert in Syd­ney. Both artists have taken mea­sures to make their re­spec­tive na­tional con­cert tours car­bon- neu­tral by di­rect ac­tion or by off­set­ting their car­bon emis­sions from trans­port and con­cert per­for­mances by buy­ing car­bon cred­its. One must as­sume that all of the artists per­form­ing in Syd­ney and at the six other Live Earth events across the globe are keen to do their bit for the cause, but to what lengths will th­ese peo­ple go to save the planet? It’s all very well rais­ing aware­ness of cli­mate change through the power, as it were, of mu­sic, but the power it takes to gen­er­ate that mu­sic is sub­stan­tial and there­fore dam­ag­ing. To that end, I’m sug­gest­ing that in­stead of per­form­ing full- bore to­day at Aussie Sta­dium, all of the acts on the Live Earth bill should take a stand on be­half of mankind and play their sets acous­ti­cally, per­haps with a gi­ant teleprompter ( gen­er­ated by stage hands on bi­cy­cles) fea­tur­ing the lyrics to let the 50,000 pun­ters know which song is be­ing per­formed. Surely such a gi­ant a cap­pella sin­ga­long of, say, Crowded House’s Don’t Dream it’s Over would send a mes­sage to the world that Aus­tralia re­ally cares about the cli­mate change is­sue. ONLY six weeks to go un­til the Count­down Spec­tac­u­lar II be­gins its jaunt across Aus­tralia at New­cas­tle En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, and the juices are start­ing to flow at the prospect of see­ing that guy from the Knack, what­sis­name from Racey and Sa­man­tha Fox grac­ing the same stage. It may be said that some, or pos­si­bly all, of the acts on the bill are past their prime, not least be­cause their prime lasted for about as long as it does to read this para­graph, but one Aus­tralian mem­ber of the line- up is still keep­ing it real, es­pe­cially for the ladies, in his adopted home­land, the US. Rick Spring­field, singer of hits such as Jesse’s Girl and Don’t Talk to Strangers , has been send­ing women of a cer­tain age into rap­tures on his present US tour. The 58- year- old singer com­bines his mu­sic ca­reer with that of his role as Dr Noah Blake in the long- run­ning Amer­i­can soap Gen­eral Hospi­tal , but re­ports from At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, this week sug­gest the Syd­ney- born tal­ent still has what it

takes to woo the ladies with his voice. ‘‘ If you were won­der­ing where your wife or girl­friend was last night,’’ said one television re­port, ‘‘ they were prob­a­bly watch­ing Rick Spring­field and wish­ing they were Jessie’s girl.’’ Spin Doc­tor will bring you fur­ther up­dates on the stars of Count­down II as they ap­pear. That’s if

they ap­pear.

spin­doc@ theaus­tralian. com. au

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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