2002 saw Long Way To The Top storm its way across the country, a rock extravaganza allowing fans to come along and relive the hits of their childhood, the music that defined their generation. Over 200,000 people ventured out to revel in the atmosphere and opportunity, to soak in the sounds and suck up the rock at the Long Way To The Top rock festival.
Ten years later, in October 2012, 17 legends of Aussie Rock are going to reunite for the A Long Way To The Top 10th Anniversary Concert and they will play arenas in most capital cities across the country. Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane will play host to this musical marvel.
Friday October 5 sees the first concert played in Melbourne, followed by Sydney on the 6th, Newcastle on the 9th and Brisbane on the 12th.
“Well before CDs, itunes and You Tube, Australians were devoted to live concerts, vinyl singles and LPs, and of course un-missable shows like Bandstand, Sounds and Countdown,” says Michael Chugg.
“A Long Way to the Top honours the music that changed us, both individually and as a nation. It was the soundtrack to our youth and we lived for it and by it.”
“This is a big and happy trip down memory lane, an action packed show with the big artists playing their big hits, one after the other. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The 2002 shows focused on the music up to the 70’s, but it’s been 10 years since then and the audience has aged another decade also so the 10th Anniversary show welcomes bands with massive 80’s hits including Dragon, Noiseworks and Mi-Sex.
Billy Thorpe was one of the producers involved in getting the original Long Way To The Top on its feet and on tour in 2002, he has since passed away and the reunion tour will be a performance legacy to the great Billy Thorpe, taken from us in 2007.
The concert will feature songs such as Bye Bye Baby, I’ve Been Everywhere, Needle in a Haystack, Dear Prudence, I Remember When I Was Young, Little Ray of Sunshine, I Hate The Music, Fire & Rain, Real Thing, Are You Old Enough, Take Me Back, Over the Rainbow and Most People I Know Think I’m Crazy
A Long Way To The Top started as an ABC TV Documentary series which became the most successful series documentary on Australian music ever and when the DVD released it fast became the highest selling music DVD in Australian history. The August 2001 screening of the documentary served as the inspiration for the Long Way To The Top tour.
Tickets go on sale Friday August 10 and to coincide with this momentous date ABC Music will release a 3 DVD/CD compilation of the live performance from the 2002 tour titled ‘LWTTT-Live in Concert. There is also a very amusing ‘Behind the Scenes’ doco and extra backstage interview footage.
If you missed the original series and want to catch up before the big concerts you can catch the original series on ABC 2 for 6 weeks from Sunday August 12.
Long Way To The Top 10th Anniversary stars:
Masters Apprentices’ Jim Keays
Chain’s Matt Taylor
John Paul Young
Tickets on Sale Friday August 10.
Friday 5 October
Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Ticketek 132 849
Saturday 6 October
Sydney, Entertainment Centre
Ticketmaster 136 100
Tuesday 9 October
Newcastle, Entertainment Centre
Ticketek 132 849
Friday 12 October
Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Ticketek 132 849