2 July 21
ROSS WILSON ANNOUNCES “EAGLE ROCK – 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR”
BELOVED OF ELTON JOHN, TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS AND GENERATIONS OF AUSTRALIAN
MUSICIANS, DADDY COOL ARE ARIA HALL FAMERS AND AUS ROCK ICONS YET THEIR ASTONISHING STORY
REMAINS UNKNOWN TO MOST.
50 years ago, Daddy Cool’s first single EAGLE ROCK topped the charts for months on end and became a
genuine cultural phenomenon. The debut album DADDY WHO? went on to break every sales record in the
book, with a combined 17 weeks at Number 1.
To celebrate fifty years of Eagle Rock topping the charts, Mr Eagle Rock himself, Ross Wilson, is set to
undertake a national tour that will celebrate the band and the song upon which his long and successful
career as a singer/songwriter/musician – as well as so much of Australia’s rock’n’roll legacy – was built.
Sadly, Daddy Cool itself is no longer around to do it – both lead guitarist Ross Hannaford (Wilson’s musical
partner since the mid-‘60s) and bass player Wayne Duncan have passed away, and drummer Gary Young is
in semi-retirement – but it is an anniversary worth celebrating.
While Ross of course will touch on other aspects of the career that Daddy Cool gave him, these shows will feature a preponderance of Daddy Cool material, as well as material from the band in which the four members first united –in fact, the band in which “Eagle Rock” was first performed – the legendary hippy rock ensemble the Sons of the Vegetal Mother.
Ross Wilson’s “EAGLE ROCK – 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR” will take in all states, and will feature an expanded
line-up of his band (including young guitarist Aaron Schembri, who was mentored as a teen by Ross
Hannaford) and an expanded DC-related repertoire.
EAGLE ROCK – 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES:
7 Aug – Bribie Island Hotel, Qld
8 Aug – Wallaby Hotel, Qld
20 Aug – The Palms @ Crown, Vic
21 Aug – Bridgeway, Pooraka, SA
3 Sept – Belmont 16 Footers, NSW
4 Sept – The Cube, Campbelltown, NSW
11 Sept – Nimbin Roots Festival, NSW
2 Oct – Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW
9 Oct – Winnaleah Hall, Tas
10 Oct – Longley Hotel, Tas
15 Oct – Charles Hotel – WA
16 Oct – Northshore Tavern – WA