The 1970’s Australian music scene could have been a whole lot different if it hadn’t been for a “sliding door” moment in the Young family’s emigration out of Scotland.
John’s parents were first offered Canada, but his Mum said an emphatic, NO! After Scotland, I’m not going anywhere cold.
This decision set in motion a career for John Paul Young that now spans 50 years and it’s being celebrated in the JPY 50 Years Young – The Anniversary Tour.
Just imagine if Simon Napier Bell hadn’t been able to invite John to sing on Pasadena, which later linked him with Harry Vanda & George Young to record Love is in the Air, Yesterday’s Hero, I Hate the Music and a myriad of other hits. Australian music owes a lot to John’s Mum and her insistence for a life in warmer climes.
JPY 50 Years Young – The Anniversary Tour, will take you on that journey in songs and stories from Glasgow, Scotland to the shores of Australia and back around the world again, as John performs the songs that brought him national and international stardom.
John Paul Young is one of the most iconic artist in Australian music’s history, with over 4 million worldwide album sales and numerous awards which garnered him an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2012 John received an Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to charity and the music industry.
From John’s first release with Pasadena, in 1972, he then went on to become the un-official co-presenter alongside Molly Meldrum on ABC TV’s Countdown and to the present day he has been a constant presence on the live music scene, in theatre with roles in the original Jesus Christ Superstar, Shout – The Johnny O’Keefe Story, Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Story and most recently, Grease, The Musical. A stint in radio at NEWFM Newcastle, saw him top the rating in Breakfast, Mornings and Afternoon timeslots. And, he’s still the reigning King of Pop, since he was the last to receive the crown in 1978.
The Allstar Band features Warren “The Pig” Morgan, a founding member of The Allstar Band, who cut his teeth in the original Aztecs and who has been with John since the beginning and has been joined over the years by Greg Plimmer (Drums), Michael “China” Walker (Keyboards & Guitar), Paul Kirtley (percussion), Donnie Whitworth (Bass) and rejoining the band after 34 years and an ongoing successful solo career is, Floyd Vincent (aka Greg Patterson) on guitar.
JPY 50 Years Young – The Anniversary Tour Dates
SYDNEY Enmore Theatre Friday September 24 2021
MELBOURNE The Palms At Crown Friday October 1
TWIN TOWNS Twin Towns Services Saturday October 9
SHOALHAVEN Entertainment Centre Friday October 15
WOLLONGONG Anita’s Theatre Saturday October16
QUEANBEYAN NSW The Q – Queanbeyan PAC Thursday October 21
WAGGA WAGGA Civic Theatre Friday October 22
ALBURY NSW The Commercial Club Saturday October 23
CESSNOCK Performing Arts Centre Friday October 29
WYONG The Art House Saturday October 30
PORT MACQUARIE Panthers Saturday November 6
KATOOMBA Katoomba RSL Saturday November 13
COFFS HARBOUR C.ex Coffs Saturday November 19
TAREE Manning Entertainment Centre Saturday November 20
PERTH Astor Theatre Thursday December 16
ADELAIDE Her Majesty’s Theatre Friday December 17
On sale Monday May 24
For all bookings www.abstract.net.au