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Sunday the 25th of December 2018
Wickham Park Hotel
All proceeds go to the Kids with Cancer Foundation
I must thank Labor leaders Tim Crakanthorp and John Graham for their vigilance and proactive support of our live music future. Yesterday I and Marcus David Wright,Brian Lizotte Nikki Lee Taylor were invited to shed some light on this crisis and I’m so proud of these crucial perspectives given.
Newcastle Live Music is now in a critical condition with unbridled property development basically coming in and telling established venues the ‘noise’ has to stop. Well it’s not noise ... it’s music!
The Lass has become Newcastle’s ‘the Castle’! The family owned business who has lived next door to rail and in the heavy industrial suburb and never complained about this real noise ... now has 270 odd apartments being built next door with its developers waving noise decibel meters around their venue! It’s not the ‘Kerrigans’ it’s the real Lobb family!
The Lass has more original bands per week each week than any venue I can think of in this country. It is the heart and soul of music in that it is the sacred environment for all acts of all genres to develop!
Then there is the Wicko, Cambridge, Lizottes, Queens Wharf Hotel and more, facing developers demands for the music to be stopped!
This inquiry is a real attempt at creating legislation to stop this greed and madness.
Once these venues are gone ... Newcastle musicians will leave for Melbourne or similar in droves!
(Reminder ... the Palias Royale is now the largest KFC in the Southern Hemisphere and the Bel Air Hotel now a Mcdonalds ...do I digress? Well my great uncle was the double bass player in the Palias house band in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and our Screaming Jets had international record companies and press flown in from the USA and UK to film and write about us at this venue in the 90s! The Bel Air was a place we as a band developed in a massive way also and where DV8 and the Heroes who came the generation before us, carved out a place in history.) ... GONE GONE GONE
The irony of the huge ‘Creative Industries’ across the brand new CBD Newcastle Uni flagship building is not lost. Where will graduates have their career after 4 years of fees? Venues?
We are fighting for what is so often treated by capitalists as nonsense and non profitable ... culture / arts / music! And for the record the entertainment industry in Newcastle is one of our highest employers! Without its culture a city is void of a soul! Newcastle is proudly a music City! Let us look at cities like Melbourne and New Orleans for our future plans in protecting and celebrating this essential part of or fabric ... not Sydney, the time is now!
Barnesy, Garret, Neeson, Hutchence, Scott, Anderson, and many more legends would say “Newcastle is the greatest rock town in Australia!” ...
I heard it many times from these guys ...
Newcastle Music Forever
Will keep y’all posted
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For all you people out there who have wondered over the years "whatever happened to John J Francis ?", the question has now been answered. There is now an official John J Francis web site at http://www.jjfmusic.com it has been endorsed by John himself and is highly recommended by me as a must visit site. It has history, photos, album reviews and ....... wait for it ....... music downloads.
It is what John refers to as a 'cyber busking' site. You are free to download the music, all they ask is that you make a donation for what you think it is worth to you. A very refreshing concept in this era of internet piracy, fraud and rip off. So what are you still hanging around here for ..... go and check it out.
Go to this web site and sign the petition.Whalesrevenge
If you have a band listed on the site, and you have a Myspace page for it, send me the address and I will put it up with the bands entry. Everybody and their dog has got one. Mine is HERE if you want to check it out.
And a swag of other bio's on Aragon, Backwater, Man'O'War, Raiding Party and Glam Gods.
Peter Wholohan's 2006 benefit show photo's. Click on this link to go there