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Review: John Paul Young - Twin Towns Services Club, Coolangatta Saturday 31st July 2010
The crowd at Twin Towns on Saturday night was a mixture of ages. Admittedly, most were over forty, but there was a fair smattering of punters far too young to remember John Paul Young’s early hits like ‘Pasadena’ and ‘Love Game’ from the seventies. Nonetheless, they were all there to see the singer perform the songs he has been making famous in a career that has spanned four decades.
John, as always, was supported by The All Star Band, featuring Warren ‘Pig’ Morgan on piano, Rockwell T. James (aka Ronnie Peel) on bass, guitarist Juan Gomez, drummer Greg Plimmer and the multi skilled Michael ‘China’ Walker on guitar and keyboards.
The show opened with ‘Love is in the Air’, a massive international hit for JPY. He then asked the audience if anyone could name the hit that followed that one. Not many in the audience could, with the exception of one lady who shouted out ‘The Day That My Heart Caught Fire’, to which John responded ‘That doesn’t count because you’re my sister!’ John announced that the first part of the set would consist predominantly of slower tunes and, with that, he launched into his very first hit single, ‘Pasadena’, followed by the beautiful ‘Here We Go’, then moved up the tempo with ‘Keep On Smilin’ which had the braver fans heading down the front to dance. Introducing the next song, John explained the story behind the moody Vanda and Young ballad, ‘Silver Shoes and Strawberry Wine’. According to John, it tells the tale of a young man who meets a young lady, takes her home and finds out, a little too late, that they are brother and sister. Sounds a bit like a storyline from The Young and The Restless to me…
For a song about a man waiting to be hanged, ‘Birmingham’ is a pretty cheerful tune. Once again, we were filled in on the back story… but it’s still a damn good sing along! And Elton John’s ‘Country Comfort’ rounded off the ‘slower’ part of the set.
The band then picked up the pace with songs like ‘I Wanna Do It With You’, ‘Soldier of Fortune’ and ‘Where the Action Is’. Rockwell T. James took to centre stage for a couple of his own hits, ‘Roxanne’ and the Bob Seger classic, ‘Old Time Rock n Roll’, while Warren Morgan took over lead vocals on ‘Kansas City’. Four lucky ladies from the audience made it up on stage to join the band for ‘Standing in the Rain’. The crowd cheered on one of those girls who appeared to be… um… slightly inebriated as she danced and gyrated wildly on stage. Then again, maybe she was just a naturally outgoing gal… who knows? Either way, she was having fun! John finished the set with two of his biggest hits from the seventies, ‘I Hate The Music’ and ‘Yesterday’s Hero’. The encore, strangely enough was a repeat of the night’s opener, ‘Love is in the Air’, followed by ‘Be Bop A Lula’
Still sounding as good as ever, all these years on, JPY continues to keep the fans happy with songs we all know and love and a great night of fun and entertainment.
Check out our Touring page for details of John’s upcoming gigs…
by Sharyn Hamey