The White Album Concert
Civic Theatre Newcastle
375 Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300
It’s one of the most successful Beatles events ever staged in Australia. After two sold-out tours in 2009 and 2014, Chris Cheney (The Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tim Rogers (You Am I), and ARIA Award-winning solo artist Josh Pyke are reuniting for a 2018 tour in a nod to the 50th anniversary of this very special album.
Few records echo down through the years like the White Album.
Coming after India, but before the split, the White Album was the sound of John, Paul, George and Ringo throwing everything they’d learned into their musical blender. This major work bursts with variety, creativity, experimentation, and the genius of The Beatles during one of their most intense, fertile periods. One of the 10 greatest albums of all time according to Rolling Stone it’s 30 songs veer from the populist stomp of Back in the U.S.S.R and the mind-bending Happiness is a Warm Gun to the melodious sorrow of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the ska pop fun of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and the hard rock prototype Helter Skelter.
Chris, Josh, Phil & Tim are backed by a 17-piece rock orchestra including guitars, strings, horns and two drummers with musical direction by Rex Goh.
The White Album songs will be performed in track order, starting with Back in the USSR and closing with Good Night. And for those in the know – yes, that includes Revolution 9.
Chris Cheney is the lead singer and guitarist in The Living End, who have had eight Top 10 albums (including two number ones), 12 Top 40 singles, and won six ARIA Awards. Fun fact: Chris has met a Beatle – he met Ringo at a party in LA.
Phil Jamieson is the frontman of Grinspoon, who have released seven studio albums – all of which have made the Top 10 – and won two ARIA Awards. He also starred as St Jimmy in the Australian production of the Broadway musical American Idiot. Fun fact: Phil’s wife, Julie, walked down the aisle to the White Album’s ‘I Will’.
Josh Pyke is a Sydney singer-songwriter, who has won four ARIA Awards and had five Top 10 albums. He has also had his own beer, “The Summer”, with Sydney brewery Young Henrys. Fun fact: Josh’s favourite line on the White Album is “In a couple of years” from ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’. “I just think that’s great.”
Tim Rogers is the frontman of You Am I, who have released 10 studio albums, won 10 ARIA Awards, and had three number one albums. He has also released six solo albums and an acclaimed memoir, Detours, in which he is described as a flamboyant flâneur, a raconteur, a romantic, and a raffish ne’er-do-well. Fun fact: Tim had a babysitter who would play ‘Revolution 9’ when young Tim was trying to go to sleep. “That song has always haunted me.”