Wickety Wak brings mayhem back
AUSTRALIA'S favourite show-stopping band of the eighties was lured out of retirement after almost 16 years and is now heading for Rockhampton.
Wickety Wak first made a comeback at the Toyota National Country Music Muster in 2006 and then it all began again with a very successful Lock Up You Grandmothers Tour.
But all good things must come to an end - again.
A final 10-month tour has been planned to enable all the loyal fans to catch these crazy entertainers one more time before they concentrate on their individual careers.
There are only six dates left across Queensland to catch “The Wak” and Rockhampton is one of their stops on August 29.
Wickety Wak first appeared on stage in 1975 at the National Hotel in Brisbane.
And they had overnight success.
Five talented musicians - Greg, Tony, Pahnie, Peter and Robbie - joined forces to create what was to become Australia's most popular and successful touring band.
Their show was unique.
A combination of serious melodies, mixed with unique parodies of some of the world's most-noted performers always left the audiences wanting more.
From Tom Jones to Cher and Willie Nelson to Dolly Parton, no performer was left unturned.
From 1975 to 1990 Wickety Wak toured Australia 48 weeks each year, entertaining audiences of all ages around the country and quickly becoming a household name.
When, after 15 years, the band decided to put their gruelling schedules behind them and retire, they were astounded by the support, dedication and loyalty received from their audiences.
Their year-long “Last Laugh” tour was an emotional time with sold-out shows Australia-wide, culminating in a final performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on December 8, 1990.
When the tickets to the show were first released it was clear that one show would not be enough for all of Wickety Wak's fans to have their chance to say goodbye. Two more shows were released and they sold out quickly, resulting in a record three sell-out shows, with an audience of 27,000 joining them in their final performances.
It still rates in the top 10 show attendances at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
This month at the Pilbeam Theatre, fans will be treated to almost three hours of musical mayhem with the band's unique show combining serious melodies with hilarious parodies of some of the world's most noted musicians that the Wak have become famous for.If you go
• Who: Wickety Wak
• When: Saturday, August 29, at 8pm
• Where: Rockhampton's Pilbeam Theatre
• Tickets: 4927 4111 or online atwww.pilbeamtheatre.com.au