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Aussie Rockers concert draws a crowd of all ages

IT felt a little like a school reunion at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Friday night.

You were not quite sure what to expect on stage but you knew there would probably be a few extra inches on the waistline and the hair a little whiter since the last time you saw them.

You quickly realise, by some daggy clothing choices, some of them seem stuck in the era that made them household names but they all remain the consummate performers you remember and love.

The who's who of Australian rock and blues industry from the 60s, 70s and 80s were on quick rotation as Long Way to the Top rocked BEC.

Lucky Starr's ability to still bang out 92 Australian town names, many of which can be hard to pronounce in ordinary speech, at a heady pace was as impressive as ever.

Little Pattie and Dinah Lee got the crowd bopping with fun dance numbers Stompin at Maroubra and Reet Petite.

Matt Taylor's harmonica work in solo number I Remember When I was Young was unforgettable but Black and Blue, one of Chain's biggest hits, was also a real treat.

The holograms of Billy Thorpe, who was an integral part of the original Long Way to the Top tour a decade ago, singing were crowd pleasers as people reflected on the entertainer's sudden passing in 2007.

The choreography delivered by six mesmerising dancers - who had a remarkable number of wardrobe and hair changes - throughout the show complemented the performances perfectly.

Russell Morris sent the audience on a trip back to their younger days as he knocked out his 1960s psychedelic rock hit Real Thing while Ian Moss on guitar with Since You've been Gone and Somewhere Over the Rainbow showed his skill has not diminished over time.

Glen Shorrock and Brian Cadd made mums swoon with their Axiom hit Little Ray of Sunshine about the birth of the friend's child.

The crowd resembled a larger version on what you might see at an RSL concert, but the show was worthy of enjoyment by all ages.

The younger crowd got enthused when Dragon hit the stage with Rain, April Sun in Cuba and Are You Old Enough, still popular numbers in pubs around the country.

The mighty fine Jon Stevens got the crowd off their seat as Noiseworks belted out No Lies, Take Me Back and Touch in true rocker style.

The crowd stayed on their feet when the impressive line-up joined together to conclude with the night's theme - singing ACDC's Long Way to the Top.



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