John Morris vows to attend 50 gigs in 2018

Speers Point’s John Morris has the best New Year’s resolution we’ve ever heard.

He’s aiming to attend 50 gigs in 2018.

Newcastle Herald music journalist Josh Leeson published a piece last Saturday in which he listed his top 10 gigs of the year.

The Herald’s Weekender editor Jim Kellar and journalist Lisa Rockman also listed their top gigs of the year.

John read the article with great interest.

“I feel I need to share my top gigs from the perspective of a 59-year-old school teacher, who went to 47 gigs in 2017,” John said, before revealing he planned to trump that number this year.

When you go to a gig, it’s always good to have a crew. John’s crew includes his wife Brooklee and friends Tim and Julie Lockwood. They love live music.

On his last birthday, Julie told him: “You’re never too old to rock and roll”.

“We really love Aussie rock. Those ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s bands have still got it,” John said.

“These rockers are true performers and always seem to have a great time on the stage themselves. 

“They don’t just sing their hits but tell a few jokes and stories as well.”

John has been going to gigs for years, back to the old Newcastle Workers Club days. 

“When I saw my very first band, Bon Scott and AC/DC at the Civic Theatre, I was in fifth form (year 11) at high school,” he said.

“It blew me away and I’ve always loved Oz rock since then. We love to dance in the mosh pit and sing along. 

“It brings back so many memories of good times.”

He’s a big fan of Lizotte’s at Lambton.

“We’ve been to Lizotte’s over 60 times. It is our favourite venue in Newcastle,” he said.

“Brian Lizotte and his staff are so friendly and always go out of their way to make our evening enjoyable. 

“There is a waitress there called Phoebe who always gives us a hug and a high five and remembers our names.”

Here’s John’s list:

1. Midnight Oil, Hope Estate (October 21): What a great night – took the whole family. After the show, we waited in the car park for the traffic to thin out, eating homemade pink cupcakes and drinking cups of tea. How rock and roll is that! And yes, I used to go to the Ambassador nightclub many moons ago [The Ambassador was a Newcastle nightclub famous for its rock shows and a regular haunt for Midnight Oil].

2. The Life and Music of Stevie Wright and the Easybeats, Lizotte’s, June 16: What a talent, what a sad ending! What a night with Tim and Julie!

3. The Angels/Rose Tattoo/Mi-Sex, Doyalson RSL, November 10: One word … loud!

4. Thirsty Merc, Caves Beach Hotel, February 18: Ray Thistlewayte is a talented man.

5. INXS, Don’t Change Tribute Show, Lizotte’s, December 21: The lead singer had Michael Hutchence to a tee.

6. AC/DC Dirty Deeds tribute show, Mezz Bar, November 24: Brought back memories. AC/DC was the first band I ever saw in 1974. Bon Scott rules!

7. Stars, Lizotte’s, August 20. Mighty rock and mighty roll!

8. The Radiators, Beresfield Bowling Club, November 17: Had a one-on-one chat with lead singer Brian after the show. 

9. Russell Morris, Belmont 16 footers, September 9: No relation but wish he was.

10. Casey Donovan, Lizotte’s, October 14: What a voice! She bared her soul.

John had to leave out the likes of Pseudo Echo, Dragon, Living End, Kevin Borich, Jimmy Barnes, Icehouse, James Reyne, Ross Wilson, DV8, Daryl Braithwaite, Mental as Anything, The Heroes, Hoodoo Gurus, Killer Queen and Spy vs Spy.

“If you think there’s no music in Newcastle you’re not trying,” he said.

Scary Shark Sign

A couple of years back, we were hearing often about great white shark sightings in Lake Macquarie.

Jaws Sign: Swimmers at Toronto foreshore. Picture: Marina Neil

Jaws Sign: Swimmers at Toronto foreshore. Picture: Marina Neil

Quite a few pictures and videos surfaced of white pointers in the lake.

We haven’t heard of any new ones lately, but Herald photographer Marina Neil did snap a picture of this shark sign at Toronto on New Year’s Eve.

It warned people against swimming after dark and included a promotional image from the movie Jaws. Hmmm. If sharks like the one from Jaws are lurking around Toronto, we’ll be sure to give swimming a miss in the day, not just the night.