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Suzi Born To Rock

Suzi Born To Rock

Who: Suzi Quatro
Where: Newcastle Panthers
When: Thursday February 17, 2005

ROCK veteran SUZI QUATRO will perform at NEWCASTLE PANTHERS early next year as part of her BORN TO ROCK TOUR. Quatro was one of the first women to break the mould and play hard rock'n'roll.

When she rose to prominence in the rock scene in the early 1970s, Quatro had no plans to become a trailblazer for girls with guitars.

But today the bass- playing singer- songwriter is considered a pioneer.

``I was always swimming against the stream,'' Quatro said.

``It never occurred to me I couldn't do exactly what I wanted to do, female or not.

``I didn't realise I was a pioneer until I looked back on things, but then I did see I had no female role model.

``I always say I didn't open the door, I kicked it down.'' Born in Detroit, Quatro broke through in 1973 with her first number-one hit, Can the Can. She opened for ALICE COOPER'S band the next year and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1975.

She also made her first trip to Australia in 1974 where she was greeted by the Hell's Angels at the airport and escorted all the way to her Melbourne hotel.

Quatro became famous for her streetwise form of rock and had a string of hits with 48 Crash, Daytona Demon, The Wild One and Devil Gate Drive. Although popular all over the world, it took a while for her fellow Americans to catch on until the success of her song Stumblin' In. This coincided with her television role in Happy Days where she played Fonzi's love interest, Leather Tuscadero.

She will perform at Newcastle Panthers on Thursday, February 17.

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