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A rocking finale

Audiences have one final chance to witness Jon English rock ‘n’ rolling on stage with Rock Revolution, and he’s promising to go out with a bang

It’s coming hot on the heels of the highly successful Rock Show and follows a similar formula, however Australian rock icon Jon English says his latest production, Rock Revolution, has a different flavour to its much loved predecessor and an exciting lineup of fresh content for audiences.

“It is different songs, different jokes – it’s all new,” he says.

“We will be focusing on a few sorts of areas we didn’t do last time – to our shame and horror. It was hugely popular last time and we have basically bowed to pressure to return.

“We are back with a similar formula, some new faces, but a young, energetic and enthusiastic band.”

Rock Revolution is set to grace the stage of The Canberra Theatre Centre on December 7, with an array of classic hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s, performed by a nine-piece cast of young, multi-talented musicians and singers, and of course English himself.

The rock singer,  musician, actor and writer, whose impressive career has spanned almost five decades, believes the breadth of hits stemming from the golden period of rock means there is little chance of repeat performances in any of his productions.


“There is just so much material to choose from out of that era, that you could easily do four or five rock shows and not repeat yourself once,” he said.

Indeed the show will feature songs from iconic bands and artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Bob Dylan, to name a few.

It will be the final chance for audiences to witness an English-led production in its current format, with the versatile performer moving onto new projects when the tour is over.

Chief among these projects is a book and life show, which will chronicle his fascinating showbiz journey.

In a career packed full of highlights, English nominates his “breakout” gig in 1972, when he was chosen to take on a starring role in Jesus Christ Superstar, as one of his defining moments.

This lead to an explosion of his career, with further starring roles, chart-scaling albums, and Logie and Aria awards to follow. He also laughingly nominates the first time someone spelled his first name correctly as being a career highlight, one that was a long time in the making.

In the meantime though, English is looking forward to farewelling Canberra audiences in style with Rock Revolution.

“I’ve performed in Canberra for the past 40 years and I have got a really good relationship with the city,” he said.

“This is going to be one last hurrah – it will be the last of its style.”

“We will be rocking the theatre and hopefully those who were there last time will come again, as well as some new faces, to a full house.”

Jon English will be bringing Rock Revolution to the Canberra Theatre on December 7. For more information, visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au