Jon English and the Foster Brothers were beating the boards at Melbourne's Flying Saucer Club on Friday night. Joined by the fabulous Racz Sisters, they entertained the crowd with hit after hit from Jon's extensive back catalogue of classics.
Jon and his band took to the stage to the overture from Jesus Christ Superstar, and opened their first set with Survivor and the hits didn't stop after that... 'Turn the Page', 'Some People (Have All the Fun)', 'You Might Need Somebody', 'Lay It All Down', 'Beating the Boards', 'Carmilla' (the dark tale of an 18th Century vampire), his classic love song and international hit, Six Ribbons from the 70s TV series, Against the Wind and of course, 'The Shining', based on Stephen King's 1977 novel (and the subsequent movie) of the same name. A supernatural and psychological thriller that had all of us on the edge of our seat in the day. And Jon's interpretation in song is a thriller in itself. Probably a good time to take a break before the next set which he did. And returned with a collection of tunes from the soundtrack of his musical Paris, based on the story of Helen of Troy, and including a beautiful duet with Tahlia Racz on 'For Better or Worse' and the lovely Ingrid Racz on lead vocals for 'Oh Paris', before continuing with more hits like 'Get Your Love Right', 'Hot Town' and my personal favourite, the haunting story of the ghost hitch hiker on a dark country road, 'She Was Real' (it never fails to give me goose bumps after all these years!) Jon English has a real knack for weaving a thrilling story into a song and then knowing just how to deliver it.
They closed the set with one of Jon's biggest hits, 'Hollywood 7' and returned for an encore including 'Move Better in the Night', 'Day Tripper' and the beautiful 'Every Time I Sing a Love Song'... another of my favourites.
I have seen Jon English perform more times than I can recall over the past 37 years or so and I can honestly say that you would be hard pressed to find a better, all round entertainer. He has always delivered a great show and Friday night was no exception.
If you missed out on seeing Jon on this tour, well... you might have to wait a couple of months for the next one but, in the meantime, enjoy these photos by photographer Peter Smith and we will you keep you up-to-date with further tour dates and other news from Jon English.
by Sharyn Hamey