Suzi’s still keeps-a-knockin’

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

Ar­guably the first lady of rock Suzi Qu­a­tro has had a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer and the 2018 Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club Red Hot Sum­mer Tour will be wit­ness to just why when she head­lines the tour on Jan­uary 6.

Af­ter a mas­sive 50 years in the busi­ness Suzi has seen ev­ery­thing and been asked ev­ery ques­tion un­der the sun yet she is still go­ing strong say­ing she jumped at the chance to head­line the tour that trav­els around re­gional Aus­tralia.

Just don’t ask her what it was like be­ing the only fe­male in a male dom­i­nated in­dus­try.

In 1964 af­ter see­ing a tele­vi­sion per­for­mance by the Bea­tles, Suzi’s older sis­ter Patti formed an all-fe­male garage rock band called the Plea­sure Seek­ers with two friends and Suzi soon joined too as­sum­ing the stage name of Suzi Soul.

Af­ter six years of play­ing in the Plea­sure Seek­ers with her sis­ter she moved to the UK in 1971 af­ter be­ing spot­ted by the record pro­ducer of Rak Records.

Although start­ing out in a band and re­leas- ing sin­gles with the group Suzi found her fame as a solo artist and dur­ing the 70s she had a string of hits, with many be­ing in the top 10 in Aus­tralia.

This is def­i­nitely not Suzi’s first time to Aus­tralia with her com­plet­ing her 31st visit ear­lier this year but it is also not her first time to Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala.

Suzi spoke to the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle ahead of head­lin­ing the much an­tic­i­pated 2018 Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club Red Hot Sum­mer Tour.

“I did a Red Hot Sum­mer Tour in 2014, it’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent than other tours but it’s nice be­cause you can go and en­joy the mu­sic of the other artists,” Suzi said.

“I’ve played with a few of the oth­ers be­fore and we’ve had a great time, I’m look­ing for­ward to it again this year.”

“I’ve been ev­ery­where, I’ve done the coun­try places and the big places, I’ve kind of been ev­ery­where in Aus­tralia and I love it,” Suzi said.

“For the Red Hot tour I’ll be com­ing out of Mel­bourne be­cause I have an apart­ment there so it’s not the usual way of tour­ing but then you can have some down-time and its home­lier.”

When asked what peo­ple can be cer­tain of when she is per­form­ing Suzi said you cer­tainly won’t be left un­in­ter­ested.

“You will be en­ter­tained I can prom­ise you that,” Suzi said.

Even af­ter half a cen­tury Suzi still loves the in­dus­try, tour­ing her mu­sic and pre­sent­ing rock shows on tele­vi­sion and she says she will never be able to give it all up.

“Just af­ter my 50th an­niver­sary I was of­fered to do my 31st tour of Aus­tralia and I thought what a won­der­ful swan­song to do my fi­nal tour down un­der but then I got asked to do the Red Hot Sum­mer Tour,” Suzi said.

“Af­ter my tour out here in Fe­bru­ary I got home and I was buzzing, I’m never go­ing to say I’m go­ing to stop again be­cause it doesn’t work, I can’t stand it.

“I re­ally can’t and I didn’t know it un­til I stopped and now I just can’t do it, mu­sic and tour­ing is in my blood.”

In the re­cent months Suzi has re­leased a book, one that is based around what she knows best and she is also in the midst of pro­mot­ing another al­bum.

“At the mo­ment I’m pro­mot­ing a great­est hits al­bum- my life is ba­si­cally a pro­mo­tion,” Suzi said.

“I’ve also just re­leased a book called the hur­ri­cane about a rock chick be­cause that’s what I know.

“She is a rock n roll gui­tar player post Suzi Qu­a­tro and I found that quite ex­cit­ing cre­at­ing a char­ac­ter that comes af­ter me.”

Suzi Qu­a­tro is head­lin­ing the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Clubs Red Hot Sum­mer Tour along with Aussie rock­ers Mov­ing Pic­tures, Choco­late Starfish, The Scream­ing Jets, Baby An­i­mals and The An­gels on Satur­day, Jan­uary 6, 2018.

Or­gan­is­ers con­firmed last week the con­cert was a sell-out with more than delete 3,500 rock fans ex­pected to at­tend.

Camp­sites are also avail­able at the Mul­wala Foot­ball Ground, around 600 me­tres from the Ski Club, for those who want to stay the night.

Tent and car­a­van sites are avail­able, book­ings are es­sen­tial, call the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on 5744 1989.

Suzi Qu­a­tro will head­line the 2018 Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club Red Hot Sum­mer Tour on Jan­uary 6.

For a bit of con­cert show­man­ship, you can’t go past Choco­late Starfish, and in par­tic­u­lar enig­matic lead singer Adam Thomp­son.

Mov­ing Pic­tures’ “What About Me” hit sin­gle epit­o­mises Aus­tralian mu­sic.

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