Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks are heading to The Palais Geelong, celebrating 50 years of ‘Eagle Rock’

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Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks are heading to The Palais Geelong, celebrating 50 years of ‘Eagle Rock’

Photo by Gio Angel.
Words by staff writer

Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks brings the cool to The Palais Geelong.

From the era of flared jeans to the modern age of streaming, Ross Wilson’s musical journey has been nothing short of spectacular. The iconic Aussie artist, renowned for his roles in Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock, as well as a flourishing solo career, is gearing up for a night of electrifying rock ‘n’ roll as he and his band, The Peaceniks, commemorate 50 years of the legendary anthem, ‘Eagle Rock’.

Set against the grandeur of The Palais Geelong, this event on Saturday 7 October, promises to be a monumental celebration of timeless music.

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Ross Wilson, often referred to as the ‘Daddy of Cool’, has etched his name in the annals of Australian music history. With an impressive 26 ARIA Top 40 hits to his name as a singer, songwriter, and producer, Wilson’s contribution to the music scene is immeasurable.

The journey began with Daddy Cool, a band that unleashed the iconic ‘Eagle Rock’ in 1971, a track that smashed sales records and still resonates with music lovers. Transitioning into the 80s, Mondo Rock dominated the charts with hits like ‘Cool World’, ‘State of The Heart’, and ‘Chemistry’. Wilson’s influence has spanned decades, collaborating with legends like Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, and Joe Cocker, while producing chart-topping albums for bands like Skyhooks and Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons.

The upcoming event at The Palais Geelong is a testament to Wilson’s undying passion for performance. With a career spanning over half a century, he’s no stranger to the stage, having thrilled audiences across the globe. This celebration promises to showcase his evolution, featuring classics from his various musical personas – from The Pink Finks and Mighty Kong to Mondo Rock and Daddy Cool. The setlist will undoubtedly include fan favourites like ‘Eagle Rock’, ‘Come Said The Boy’, ‘Cool World’, and ‘Summer of ’81’, offering a journey through time that captures the essence of Wilson’s musical legacy.

As an artist who has graced the ARIA Hall of Fame twice, 2021 marked a special milestone – the 50th anniversary of the release of Daddy Cool’s groundbreaking album and the iconic track ‘Eagle Rock’. Originally launched in May 1971, ‘Eagle Rock’ held the national number one spot for an astonishing 10 weeks. This track not only defined a generation but etched its place as a quintessential Australian anthem.

Continuing his musical odyssey, 2020 saw the release of Mondo Rock’s live album, ‘Summer of ’81’. Recorded at Victoria’s Pier Hotel, this album captured the magic just before the launch of their popular record, ‘Chemistry’. These milestones underscore Wilson’s enduring impact on the music scene, proving that his creativity knows no bounds.

The Palais Geelong, with its remarkable revitalization, is the perfect backdrop for this monumental celebration, marking 52 years now since Eagle Rock’s release. Attendees can also indulge in the venue’s splendid foyer bar, a nod to its ornate origins, offering an array of beverages and snacks. The doors open 60 minutes before the show and during the interval, inviting music enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the ambiance and nostalgia.

With a repertoire etched into the heart of rock history and an unwavering passion for the stage, Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks’ performance promises to be an unforgettable night of music and memories. This event is a must for anyone who appreciates the magic of live music and the enduring impact of a true rock legend.

See the show at 7:30pm, Saturday, 7 October 2023 – The Palais Geelong. Purchase tickets here