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Wilson Is Still One Cool Daddy

Wilson Is Still One Cool Daddy

Who: Ross Wilson
Where: Ace Of Clubs (Wallsend RSL)
When: Thursday October 20, 2005

ROSS Wilson is probably the only person in Australian rock music who can't make a comeback simply because he's never been away.

In a career that spans more than 30 years, Wilson remains one of this country's most respected artists.

From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as songwriter of classics such as Eagle Rock and A Touch of Paradise, Wilson has remained a driving force on the music scene.

He will perform with his band at Wallsend Diggers on Thursday, October 20 with a new acoustic set featuring his former Mondo Rock collaborator Eric McCusker on guitar and vocals and Chris Paraha on bass and vocals.

``It's really a special show, because there's much more emphasis on vocal harmonies within the trio,'' Wilson said.

``We've actually reinvented the songs and it's great to sing them in a new way-they feel brand new to us.

``The performances that we do are intimate, close to the audience and it feels terrific to make that almost one-on-one connection.

``It's also a lot of fun working with Eric and Chris. We've worked together so much over the years that we've evolved into this very tight blend that is quite unique.'' Wilson first exploded on to the scene in the early '70s with his band Daddy Cool, playing rootsy '50s sounds and releasing a swag of singles that have remained some of the country's favourite homegrown hits.

In 2001 Wilson released a solo album GoBONGO GoWild!, displaying the vital influence that blues- based music continues to have on his music making.

Tickets to his upcoming concert cost $20 and are on sale at the club.

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