Check out Part One AND Part Two (which has just been added) of Jason's interview with Brian Canham from Pseudo Echo in the Exclusive Interviews section!
Counting down the best of Aussie music at ACMI
Press release from ACMI as follows:
Mark Holden, Australian Idol judge and music industry heavyweight will join Rob Weekes, creator of legendary Australian music show, Countdown, Dylan Lewis (ABCÕs Recovery) and Julia Zamiro, host of SBSÕs Rockwiz to find out just what makes music TV go bada bing bada boo!
From memorable shows to memorable moments such as the Beatles, Molly Meldrum and Iggy Pop, John Farnham, Molly Meldrum and Prince Charles, Kylie and Jason, Molly Meldrum andÉwell, just about anyone!
Part of the Australian Centre for the Moving ImageÕs, TV50 exhibition, the panel will relive all your favourite moments from shows like Bandstand, Sing Sing Sing, Countdown, Rage, MTV and Australian Idol. These shows have each exerted an enormous influence over the record buying public, often with the power to make, or break, aspiring popstars.
For the past 50 years, Australian television and music have shared a unique relationship with many of televisionÕs early stars making the leap from radio.
In more recent years, many small screen stars have moved from fictional suburbs such as Erinsborough (Neighbours), Summer Bay (Home & Away) and Westside (E Street), the list includes Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, the Blakeley Twins, Stefan Dennis, Jason Donovan, Craig McLachlan, Russell Crowe, Natalie Imbruglia, Stephanie McIntosh, Delta Goodrem, Holly Valance, Bec Catrwright, Natalie Bassingthwaigthe, Tammin Sursok, Bruce Samazan and Melissa Tkautz and it goes on.
THE COUNTDOWN SPECTACULAR
From the official media release announcing the Countdown Spectacular tour...
COMING TO YOU LIVE RIGHT ACROSS AUSTRALIA
From 1974 to 1987 at 6pm on a Sunday night the streets across Australia were deserted. Mums, Dads, kids, housemates, and sometimes complete strangers congregated in lounge rooms across the nation as everyone prepared for the hour long, almost religious, experience that was the ABC television show Countdown.
Fast forward to 2006 and The Frontier Touring Company is putting together the ultimate celebration of the iconic television show in the form of the much anticipated live concert tour, The Countdown Spectacular.
Promoter Michael Gudinski from The Frontier Touring Company said he was excited to be producing The Countdown Spectacular; ÒI've been waiting to create this tour for years. I wanted to get the lineup and timing just right. I think everything has come together perfectly for this year and the positive response I've had from the artists has been overwhelming."
The ABC's Director of Enterprises, Robyn Watts, said that 2006 - the year of the 50th birthday of television in Australia - was the perfect time to celebrate the landmark success that Countdown was... and bring it back to its countless fans in a live concert environment.
Across Australia this September, The Countdown Spectacular will enable fans to relive the glory years of Countdown as leading acts of the 70s and 80s come together in a three hour extravaganza performing the hits that made them Countdown favourites. Headlined by the specially reformed Sherbet, the tour will also include Hush, John Paul Young, Leo Sayer, James Reyne, Mondo Rock, Jon English, the Chantoozies, Cheetah, Joe Dolce, Choirboys, Jo Jo Zep, Swanee, Renee Geyer and Paul Norton.
Also appearing with a sizzling hot, house band are Alex Smith from Moving Pictures, Shane Howard from Goanna, Scott Carne from Kids In The Kitchen, James Freud & Sean Kelly from the Models, Brian Canham from Pseudo Echo, Dave Sterry from Real Life, Brian Mannix from Uncanny X-Men, Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch from the Eurogliders, Wendy Stapleton from Wendy & The Rocketts, Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde from Ol' 55, Stephen Cummings from The Sports and Billy Miller from The Ferrets.
Of course it wouldn't be Countdown without the host Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, the voice of Gavin Wood and the legendary Countdown dancers. Former Skyhooks member Red Symons will narrate a special tribute segment in the show.
The Countdown experience will also be extended through a range of merchandise releases throughout the year. Australia Wide Licensing (AWL) will be releasing a great range of T-shirts, trivia/DVD games and various memorabilia. The interest in product is already very strong and AWL plan on introducing phased product ranges over the next 12 to 18 months. Other Countdown products include The Wonder Years book (available July), CDs, DVDs, audio and tour-branded merchandise.
Do yourself a favour and snap up your tickets to The Countdown Spectacular when they go on sale on Monday 29 May!
THE COUNTDOWN SPECTACULAR TOUR DATES 2006
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM MONDAY 29 MAY THROUGH TICKETEK 132 849 OR WWW.TICKETEK.COM.AU
COUNTDOWN DVD/CD SETS ARE ON ITS WAY!!!
The following news comes from Brendan Pearse...
The first Countdown DVD/CD package will be released in the first week of May. The delay in releasing the package is due to the fact that Festival was sold to Warner Music.
COUNTDOWNMEMORIES.COM HITS THE AIRWAVES
On Friday October 28, our webmaster Jason was interviewed for ABC Radio's Statewide Regional Afternoons in Perth!
Click here to hear/download the rather fabulous interview!
COUNTDOWN TO THE CUP - VARIETY CUP-EVE BALL, 2005
On Monday October 31st is a special event called Countdown To The
Cup... It will be hosted by Gavin Wood with Stand and Deliver, Renee Geyer, Samantha Sang, Daryl Cotton and Brian
Cadham. Click on the flyer for more details concerning on this event!