Australian icons Chain, Stars and The Bushwackers unite for Heritage Legends tour

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Australian icons Chain, Stars and The Bushwackers unite for Heritage Legends tour

(L-R) Matt Taylor of Chain, Mick Pealing of Stars, Dobe Newton of The Bushwackers.
Words by Staff Writer

Three much-loved Aussie bands of the '70s unite for a special evening of authentic Aussie Blues, Country-Rock & Folk.

Three of Australia’s most cherished bands from the ’70s era are set to join forces for a nostalgic evening of authentic Aussie Blues, Country-Rock, and Folk. Chain, Stars, and The Bushwackers will combine their talents for a special tour, promising an unforgettable journey through classic Australian music.

With hits like “Black and Blue” and “Remember When I Was Young” from Chain, “Mighty Rock” and “Look After Yourself” from Stars, and timeless favourites such as “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” and “I Am Australian” from The Bushwackers, audiences can anticipate an electrifying showcase of iconic tunes.

The Heritage Legends Tour Dates:

  • Thur May 23: Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool
  • Fri May 24: The Memo, Healesville
  • Sat May 25: Bunjil Place, Narre Warren
  • Sun May 26: The Athenaeum, Melbourne
  • Thu May 30: The Capital, Bendigo
  • Fri May 31: Costa Hall, Geelong
  • Sat June 1: West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul
  • Sat June 2: Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston

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Each band holds a significant place in Australian music history, with Chain earning the title of the Godfathers of Oz Blues. Since the late sixties, they’ve left an indelible mark on the blues/rock scene, boasting a style uniquely their own. Managed by a young Michael Gudinski and signed to Mushroom Records, Chain’s original members Phil Manning and Matt Taylor remain legendary figures in the industry.

Stars, a Country-Rock ensemble formed in Adelaide in 1974, swiftly made waves with their original compositions. Signed by Michael Gudinski to Mushroom Records, they emerged as one of the era’s hardest-working bands. Original members Mick Pealing and Roger McLachlan, joined by acclaimed musicians like Geoff Achison and Ed Bates, continue to captivate audiences with their timeless sound.

Meanwhile, The Bushwackers, with over 50 years in the business, epitomise the spirit of Australian folk music. Led by the renowned Dobe Newton and backed by the musical prowess of Roger Corbett, their music is infused with a unique larrikin charm.

The Heritage Legends Tour promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for lovers of authentic Australian music. With performances scheduled across various cities, including Melbourne, Geelong, and Bendigo, audiences will have ample opportunity to witness this historic collaboration.

Tickets are available for the May/June 2024 tour dates, with venues ranging from the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool to the Frankston Arts Centre.

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