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Billy's Still Around

Billy's Still Around

Who: Billy Thorpe
Where: Newcastle Panthers
When: Saturday December 7, 2002

ANYONE who went along to the LONG WAY TO THE TOP concerts at NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE in September would know that BILLY THORPE has still got it.

The godfather of Australian rock'n'roll (pictured) blew the socks off audiences during two sell-out shows when he reunited with members of his legendary band THE AZTECS. But if that wasn't enough to satisfy Thorpe fans, he is heading back to Newcastle just in time for Christmas.

Thorpe will perform at CLUBNOVA PANTHERS NEWCASTLE on December 7.

Thorpe was born in the UK and relocated to Australia where he went on to become one of the most influential figures in Australian music history.

He started out performing alongside the likes of COL JOYE and JOHNNY O'KEEFE before forming The Aztecs in 1963.

He maintained his reputation as a hard rocker for many years and produced many big hits such as MOST PEOPLE I KNOW, POISON IVY, MASHED POTATO and SICK AND TIRED. He summed up his musical career perfectly when he said his music was 'raw, sweaty, dirty, unapologetic, irreverent, flamboyant, fey, bombastic, unbridled, drug and booze laced, live Aussie rock.'

Fans will be glad to hear that Thorpe has returned to the studio to record tracks for his first new album in 20 years.

Tickets to Thorpe's show went on sale last month from the club on 4929-7555.

Doors open at 7.15pm and the show starts at 8pm.

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