Rock N Roll`s immortal journalist Ritchie Yorke described 2011's Class of 59 tour as "an outstanding andexciting new original show that tells the story of when rock `n' roll music was a happy and exuberant experience. With a multi-talented cast, the show delivers a stack of red hot tracks in an appropriate context. Rock `n' Roll comes alive again in this terrific show worthy of an international audience.''
Dance with us back to an era when rock and roll influenced and created a social movement for the teenagers of its day... an era where black horned rimmed glasses became a trend... an era where petrol was so cheap that it fuelled not only the hot rods on the roads but fired up a musical movement that would only be lived for a short while but would last in the hearts and souls of billions for eternity. It is this era that will be recreated on stage ....
Fans of the show will be able to take their concert experience home with them with the purchase of the official "Class of 59" tour CD featuring a compilation of the hits from the golden era performed on the tour and will be available only on this tour.
INTRODUCING THE CLASS OF '59 BAND FOR THE ‘ROCK AROUND AUSTRALIA' TOUR 2012:
ELVIS PRESLEY - Launching the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stagepresence, we'll re-live Presley's string of hits that captivated and liberated the teenage audience of the 50's including "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock."BUDDY HOLLY - Pioneering Rock and Roll in the 50's with his trademark horn-rimmed glasses and the ever so engaging and charismatic figure with his vocal hiccup spanning a career that lasted only two short years, but brought with it a wealth of material that made a lasting impact on popular music including "That'll Be The Day", "Peggy Sue", "Oh Boy!", "Maybe Baby" and "Rave On".
JOHNNY CASH - One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, his songs and sound spanned many genres including country, rockabilly and rock and roll. This crossover appeal led to Cash being inducted in to the Country Music Hall Of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Cash recorded a string of rockabilly hits that included "Cry, Cry, Cry," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line."BILL HALEY - Labeled as "the father of rock and roll" and credited by many with first popularizing rock and roll in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley and the Comets and their hit song "Rock Around The Clock" - an anthem for rebellious fifties youth that changed the face of Rock and Roll - Haley, for most of the Fifties, was a presence on the record charts with hits including "See You Later, Alligator," "R.O.C.K.", "The Saints Rock ‘n' Roll", "Rip It Up", "Rudy's Rock" and "Skinny Minnie".
JERRY LEE LEWIS - Jerry Lee Lewis came to fame in 1957 and dubbed the wild man of rock and roll, embodying its most reckless and high-spirited impulses. Jerry Lee Lewis is on such piano-pounding rockers from the late Fifties as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Great Balls of Fire," and "Crazy Arms".
EDDIE COCHRAN - Though Eddie Cochran was only twenty-one when he died, he left a lasting mark as a rock and roll pioneer. Cochran zeroed in on teenage angst and desire with such classics as "C'mon Everybody," "Something Else," "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Summertime Blues." A flashy stage dresser with a tough-sounding voice, Cochran epitomized the sound and the stance of the Fifties rebel rocker.
JP Richardson aka THE BIG BOPPER - JP Richardson, commonly known as The Big Bopper, was an American disc jockey singer, and songwriter whose big voice and exuberant personality made him an early rock and roll star. Richardson began as a songwriter writing hits for George Jones (White Lightning #1 country hit in 1959) and Johnny Preston (Running Bear #1 in 1959).