Fans of eighties/nineties Aussie rock are in for a treat on Wednesday June 28 at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena.
Playing it Forward features Aussie rock legends Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Noiseworks and Diesel.
The one-off benefit concert is for Australian guitarist Stuart (Chet) Fraser (who played with both Barnes and Farnham) and his battle with lung cancer.
PIF raises funds for Chet’s Help A Mate appeal, Olivia Newton-John’s Wellness Centre and Support Act (who set up Chet’s Help A Mate fundraising page), so fans can rock out for a good cause.
Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham are indisputable legends of Aussie rock, combining on Barnes’ 1991 album Soul Deep with “When Something is Wrong with my Baby”. After celebrating 30 years as a solo artist and another Cold Chisel album (The Perfect Crime), Barnes returned to his soul roots with Soul Searchin’ in 2016.
While Farnham hasn’t released an original album since 2002’s The Last Time, he’s released the cover album Jack (2010), The Acoustic Chapel Sessions (2011) and had partnerships with Olivia Newton-John: Two Strong Hearts Live (2015) and Friends for Christmas (2016).
Noiseworks haven’t released an album since 1991’s Love Versus Money, though released The Essential Noiseworks in 2007 and Live + Loud in 2008. They played on the 2016 Red Hot Summer tour with The Angels, Mark Seymour & The Undertow, and The Badloves.
Diesel released Americana in 2016, paying tribute to his American roots (Diesel was born in Massachusetts).
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