It is a remarkable affection which Australia has for the indefatigable Delltones, an entity which has been a part of our lives through not just a phase of rock 'n' roll but pretty much its entire span.
Rock 'n' roll wasn't supposed to last. It was fast, trashy and disposable. Its protagonists, metaphorically and sometimes literally, lived fast, died young and left a good-looking corpse.
Those which did survive the initial, blistering impact of rock 'n' roll plainly possessed something that their audience was not content to let slip away, be it an irresistible sound, a presence, or a personality. Only a few had all three.
Australia knew that it loved the Delltones in 1958, when the four young lifesavers, Noel Weiderberg, Brian Perkins, Warren Lucas and Ian 'Peewee' Wilson, appeared gawky, gangly and hopeful at the Bronte Surf Club, then in Australian stadium 'Big Shows' with mentor Johnny O'Keefe, on pioneering radio show Rockville Junction and television shows Six O'Clock Rock and Bandstand, and finally on record with their debut top twenty hit, the Crows' doo wop standard Gee.
The Delltones were part of a burgeoning rock 'n' roll environment which largely invented itself; part of a community which drew guitar patterns on Fantales boxes in darkened cinemas, ran sprawling suburban dances with pug nosed boxers as bouncers, blew international touring acts off stage with raw, blustery energy, and gleefully upset the social order of a young and conservative country.
Seen recently at the memorable benefit concert for the legendary Max Merritt at the St. Kilda Palais, where 60s, 70 and 80s icons rubbed shoulders and swapped notes, the Delltones represented the first decade and generation of Oz Rock with such vigor and charm that they were one of the half dozen acts highlighted (for their "highly polished harmonies") alongside Joe Camilleri and Daryl Braithwaite in a review in The Age.
The Legendary Delltones
Saturday, 13th June 2009
Time: Doors Open 7.30pm
Price: $40.00 + B/C
Sunshine Coast Function Centre, Caloundra
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