With a stellar career now spanning more than 50 years and showing no signs of slowing, Mr Eagle Rock Ross Wilson is one of Australian rock music’s most enduring and lauded talents.
Twice inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame (1989 solo and 2006 with Daddy Cool), Wilson continues to win acclaim. Eagle Rock has been included in the National Film and Sound Archive “Sounds of Australia Collection”, three singles from his 2010 album I Come In Peace were added to playlists at over 50 commercial stations nationally, and the title track was released as a single accompanied by a hot video, the 1st RW studio vid since 1990! Ross again set new records for a performer of his generation, with his 5 Decades of Cool concert series nominated for the 2010 Helpmann Award for “Best Contemporary Australian Concert”.
Wilson independently released Ross Wilson – The Greatest Hits in 2016, as well as re-releasing 1989’s Dark Side Of The Man in digital only format and releasing his version of Johnny O’Keefe’s Wild One as a charity single for the Reclink Community Cup.
From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as songwriter of A-grade classics such as Eagle Rock, Cool World and A Touch of Paradise, or producer of the legendary Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep, The Johnnys, and more recently The Screaming Jets, Ross’s involvement with success has continued unabated. He fronted Daddy Cool and exploded out of the ‘70s playing rootsy ‘50s sounds. He then formed Mondo Rock, who surfed the contemporary scene with chart topping singles and albums from the mid ‘70s to the late ‘80s. As a solo performer and major songwriter, he continued to achieve success and make his mark during the ‘90s and beyond, with his songs being recorded by artists as diverse as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, DEF-FX, Custard, Jennifer Rush (EU), Troy Cassar-Daley, Leslie Avril, Hey Gringo, You Am I, Uncle Bill, Keke (Spain), Renee Geyer, Christine Anu, Duane Jarvis (US), Elkie Brooks (UK), Ann Kirkpatrick and Lee Kernaghan, Sovereign, Pleasantville, Beccy Cole, Sonic Jihad, and The Wiggles! On trips to Europe and the USA he collaborated with O/S writers and concluded the millennium as a special guest performer on John Farnham’s I Can’t Believe I’m 50 tour and live CD/DVD.
On top of this in the “noughties”, Ross kept a busy tour schedule of his own with his live action band Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks, including national appearances on the successful A Day On The Green series with Chris Isaak and also Crosby Stills & Nash, then began sessions for Tributary (Liberation Blue released mid-2008), a semi-acoustic project that revisits songs from his career catalogue resulting in sometimes radical rearrangements of the hits, plus fresh airings of worthy lesser known works. Reactions from both critics and fans have been overwhelmingly positive.
Late 2008 found Ross in Nashville with producer Mark Moffatt, directing sessions for an album full of brand new songs.
These trax were temporarily shelved while he took the 2009 5 Decades Of Cool concerts to Melbourne and Sydney and released the resulting filmed footage as the debut RW solo DVD Ross Wilson Live At The Palais, showcasing RW’s long and diverse catalogue with guest performances from members of The Pink Finks, The Party Machine, Daddy Cool, Spectrum, Mondo Rock, Skyhooks and a three song duet with national icon Jimmy Barnes.
Ross Wilson performs with his band The Peaceniks at over 100 shows a year throughout Australia.
See Ross at the Sawtell RSL on 11th November.