One Electric Day Mornington may have been challenged by the weather, but when you put together a line-up of traditional Australian rock bands, the fan feast was all that mattered.
Victoria was hammered by thunderstorms over the weekend, but after a wet start for Chocolate Starfish and The Screaming Jets, the skies dried up for Baby Animals, The Angels and Noiseworks who each gave audiences an assortment of rock songs classics that we had ingrained in our minds for decades.
For Noiseworks, it was a special occasion for two reasons. The current shows were to pay tribute to their late guitarist Stuart ‘Chet’ Fraser who we lost in 2019. Southern Sons’ Jack Jones plays guitar on this tour. There was a real “circle of life” feel to this performance with singer Jon Stevens also announcing the arrival of his third grandchild.
Noiseworks also released ‘Evolution’, their first album in 31 years and featured two songs ‘Heart and Soul’ and ‘Sunshine’ during the show.
The Angels have a new movie “Kickin’ Down The Door” hitting theaters this week. It’s amazing that we can still see this band with such a legacy already detailed in a book and now a movie with an unstoppable setlist. It’s almost as entertaining to watch an audience watch Brother Brewster, John and Rick, the Engine Room of Angels. These Australian music fans revere this band.
And Baby Animals, who may have arrived nearly 20 years after The Angels, performing just before them, cast an Australian rock legacy through the 70s, 80s and into the 90s. (And I hear someone one who chooses to remain anonymous that there might be new Baby Animals music in 2023… okay, okay, that’s from Dave Leslie. Dave Leslie blah it).
While the weather held up for most of the afternoon, it’s a shame headliner Suzi Quatro had to endure the downpour. The rain challenged her voice and to avoid potential danger to bettors, promoter Duane McDonald was quick to act for the safety of fans, who were still treated to some of Suzi’s greatest hits including ” Daytona Demon”, “The Wild One”, ‘Tear Me Apart’ and ’48 Crash’. Suzi Quatro is in Australia for One Electric Day events with her all-Australian band led by Nat Allison and Tim Henwood.
One Electric Day is heading to Queensland next weekend.
November 26, Bribie Island, Sandstone Point Hotel
November 27, Southport, Broadwater Parklands
Then the Red Hot Summer tour begins on January 14 at Mornington Racecourse with Paul Kelly, Bernard Fanning, Missy Higgins, Mark Seymour, Vika & Linda and Ian Moss & Troy Cassar-Daley.
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