Angels frontman Dave Gleeson plays up to the crowd at a recent Red Hot Summer concert.
Angels frontman Dave Gleeson plays up to the crowd at a recent Red Hot Summer concert.

Rockers to roll back years for Red Hot Summer Tour

THINGS are about to heat up in Toowoomba for Baby Boomers and Gen Xs wanting to relive their youth, with The Red Hot Summer Tour on its 10th anniversary coming to Queens Park for the first time.

1980s favourites Hunters and Collectors, fronted by Mark Seymour, are headlining the all-Australian show in Toowoomba on Sunday, February 23 as part of a four-month tour.

Also performing are the voice of Australian Crawl James Reyne, The Living End, 1970s and 80s rock legends The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera.

Hunters & Collectors' performances are rare since they disbanded over 20 years ago, best known for hits such as When the River Runs Dry, Say Goodbye, Do You See What I See, and Throw Your Arms Around Me.

"The lads are very excited to be getting out into all the regional towns that made them welcome when they were touring at their peak throughout Australia," Mark Seymour said.

"This tour is going to be huge."

Promoter Duane McDonald, started as a pub owner booking bands in regional Victoria, and launched the Red Hot Summer Tour in 2011, with a line-up of three artists and six shows at Jimmy Barnes' suggestion off the back of his single Red Hot.

 

Hunters and Collectors, circa 2013.
Hunters and Collectors, circa 2013.

 

The aim was to reach out to regional and holiday audiences who wanted to party over summer.

"The past 10 years have gone so fast and we have been so proud to see the Red Hot Summer Tour continue to grow each year," Duane said.

"The support we have received from audiences has been phenomenal."

The main audience is "an older crowd", the Baby Boomers and Gen Xs, and Duane has said he loves the fact that he has tapped into a different demographic who "just want to relive their youth".

He's also happy to see so many people happy to support Aussie talents - the singers and bands we used to see when live music was arguably at its peak in the 1980s and 90s, before many venues closed down.

It's a real revival for all-Australian outdoor concerts for older ages, with Red Hot Summer selling 181,000 tickets in 2019, and some events selling out in under 10 minutes.

Despite many of the artists now being in their 60s, Facebook reviews hold no suggestion that stars are not giving their all for the crowd, which usually number about 6000.

"It's hits and memories for everyone," Duane summed up.

Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster for the Toowoomba concert, and for details go to www.redhotsummer.com.au.


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