Little ray of sunshine: Long Way to the Top rocks Newcastle

THE late and great Australian rock performers were recognised in A Long Way to the Top’s 10th anniversary concert at Newcastle Entertainment Centre last night. 

More than 20 hit makers from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, including Mi-Sex, Dragon and Noiseworks, performed for three hours marking the only regional date on the tour.

Col Joye, Little Pattie and Glenn Shorrock hit the Newcastle stage early performing up-beat numbers with backing dancers.

New Zealand group Mi-Sex opened the second half of the concert with their 1979 number one Australian hit Computer Games.

Hunter-based performers John Paul Young and Marcia Hines also appeared in the second act.

JPY, who lives at Fassifern,  sang his worldwide hit Love is in the Air.

Dudley’s Hines chose three songs that spanned her early career Fire and Rain (1975), You (1977) and Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees (1981).

Ian Moss, singing a tribute to the late Billy Thorpe with Most People I Know , helped bring the show to a close followed by a finale featuring all the entertainers performing It’s a Long Way to the Top. 

It has been a decade since the sold-out A Long Way to the Top toured around Australia.

During that time, more than 200,000 fans relived the music that defined their generations.

This reunion tour honours one of its instigating producers, the late Billy Thorpe, who died in 2007.

Long Way to The Top now heads to Brisbane Entertainment Centre for the final show on Friday.

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