THEY'RE back with the old and a few new, treading the floorboards with musicals and songs that take us back to another time when we danced, sang and lived like there was no tomorrow.

Well, actually, it is tomorrow, and there is no reason why we can't do it all again; with the same music, the same songs.

It seems we aren't alone. Coming to Australia, to national, state and club stages are some memorable acts that keep on keeping on, and in some ways, never get old because they are on the same road as the rest of us.

Stealing the line from Phil Collins who toured Australia last month, they're 'not dead yet'.

 

The Monkees's Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz are touring Australia in 2019.
The Monkees's Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz are touring Australia in 2019.

Hey ! Hey !

The Monkees; yes, you read it correctly. Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will tour Australia in June.

Fifty years of Monkees hits as well as Mike and Micky hit singles, are promised for this tour which is the first since Mike appeared in Australia for the release of the 1977 Live At The Palais.

Last Train to Clarksville, Listen To The Band, Mary Mary, The Girl I Knew Somewhere, I'm A Believer, Good Clean Fun, Papa Gene's Blues, Take a Giant Step, What Am I Doing Hangin' Round, and that's less than half of what you'll get to singalong to on the night.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketek

Air Supply

Air Supply is touring in April and performing their great hits accompanied by their band and a twenty-piece orchestra.

Band members Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell started their career together when they met at rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar. After joining forces, they became global superstars. Forty years down the track and they are still making fabulous music.

Air Supply will be belting out some all-time classics such as Lost In Love, Love and Other Bruises, The One That You Love and All Out Of Love that will have you singing out loud.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketek

Fleetwood Mac are back touring in Australia in 2019.
Fleetwood Mac are back touring in Australia in 2019.

Fleetwood Mac

It's a new line-up, but it's okay as Stevie Nicks is still there along with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie. The newcomers are Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

The band has been around since 1967. The name comes from Mike Fleetwood and John McVie.

More than 100 million records later, the Grammy award winning bank still have a thing or two more to share with its devoted audiences.

The band is touring from late August. Tickets are on sale from Livenation and Ticketek.

KISS

It's their last tour to Australia, so they say. They had a farewell tour in 2001 with the original bank members.

The End of the Road tour will feature Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

Stanley, 66, has had two hip replacement surgeries from stage-related injuries. But this won't stop him or the others turning out in full costume, including their fantasy make-up.

The tour starts in November. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.

The Eagles are on tour in Australia in 2019.
The Eagles are on tour in Australia in 2019.

Fly with the Eagles

Do you remember - "On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair" from Hotel California. It's the 40th anniversary of this truly cool song.

Then the

re was Take It Easy, Best Of My Love, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit. Since 1971 the Eagles have been part of our music lives.

For this tour Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey will be accompanied by a live band which includes a full horn and string section.

For those avid fans that can't get concert tickets, there is a new album out - Eagles, Legacy.

The Eagles World Tour comes to Australia in March. Tickets may still be available from Ticketmaster.

Crooner extraordinaire

On a more sedate note, 82-year-old Englebert Humperdinck is back in Australia next month.

In this The Man I Want To Be Tour, Humperdinck will performa songs from his latest record as well as some of the old, but still very good favourites, Quando Quando Quando, Release Me, A Man Without Love, The Last Waltz and Am I That Easy To Forget.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.

Musical madness

Then there is Saturday Night Fever (but, only in Sydney), on from March through to May at the Star Casino.

Disco dancing hits from the Bee Gees mixed with the star power of singers  Paulini Curuenavuli, Natalie Conway and Nana Matapulwill bring the movie soundtrack to life. 

Be wary. It will be hard to stay in your seats when the old disco sounds quickly get you feeling like dancing. 

Tickets available from Ticketmaster

The fusion of colour, dance, music, and theatre will set the West Side Story musical stage on fire.
The fusion of colour, dance, music, and theatre will set the West Side Story musical stage on fire.

What about West Side Story. It was a Broadway hit in the 1957 and became a movie in 1961.

Dynamic, tragic, colourful and totally entertaining, this is a story that just doesn't seem to age. 

It's on in Melbourne in April and then in Sydney from August to October. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

Right, time to don the dancing shoes, glittery outfit and head out to re-live my youth with gay abandon. I hope you will be doing the same.


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