Rockwiz National Tour 2010

Mike Daly

Rockwiz National Tour 2010 Official DVDVarious artists; Liberation DVD/CD;
$29.99

For music fans and masterminds alike, `RocKwiz’ has become a Saturday night staple. This feisty SBS TV show, recorded at St Kilda’s Esplanade Hotel, combines a pop trivia quiz and live music, moderated with raucous humour by hosts Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis. At its heart is the Orkestra: James Black (keyboards/guitar), drummer Peter Luscombe and bassist Mark Ferrie. This pro threesome has a prodigious repertoire, from baby boomer to contemporary hits as they provide musical clues or back a succession of guest players.

RocKwiz duets are regularly issued on CD, but now the show’s 2010 national tour has been celebrated on a DVD/CD. It was a hugely successful venture with a great time had by all, apparently, despite the gruelling schedule. Guitarist Ashley Naylor joined the band for the tour, plus a host of Oz veterans and visiting musos. They opened in Canberra and finished three months later in Melbourne at St Kilda’s Palais Theatre … ‘35 shows, 20 cities, 50,000 punters and 22,000km travelled’, or so says stage manager Dugald McAndrew in the DVD’s on-road documentary. The DVD also features a complete performance at Toowoomba’s grand old Empire Theatre, plus 10 songs from different venues, while the CD has another 18 live tracks. The music’s often rough around the edges, but hugely enjoyable.

MIKE DALY is a Melbourne writer and CD reviewer.

(2011) 36(2) AltLJ 141
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