After a few years away from the spotlight
Ross Wilson has re-launched his career. As well as touring
with his band The Urban Legends he has released a best of
album "Now Listen", and album of blues and rock & roll songs
"Go Bongo Go Wild", and a county and western album called
"Country and Wilson".
I caught up with him in late 2002 to discuss his busy year
and the Long Way To The Top tour.
Lee-Roy: You've had a busy year, what's been happening?
Ross Wilson: Very very busy. Seems to be a slight but very
upward gradient, and just sorta dashing to the finish line
for the end of the year.
I've done a few big gigs: A Day On The Green, went to Canberra
which was fantastic, Queenscliff. It's been a really good
couple of weeks and the last few months have been terrific.
L-R: You had the Long Way To The Top tour, how was that?
RW: Long Way To The Top was very interesting to say the
least. It was interesting being a bit player, you know,
part of an ensemble, rather than playing for an hour and
a half. Three songs per night.
L-R: Yes and you had to wait two hours before you got to
RW: I was right up near the end yes. Three and a half hour
show. The highlights were on TV, watching it from that perspective
was very interesting. I thought it turned out well.
L-R: Was it fun doing the tour with the guys from the 60's
RW: It was a lot of fun, yes. I'm in my 50's and I was one
of the youngest guys on it. Meeting Col Joy and Lonny Lee.
Lonny Lee, he's really terrific. Real great people. Everyone
was real supportive of each other. No backstabbing or "I
wanna go on later in the bill" or anything like that. Everyone
was having a real great time out and happy to be there.
Playing to big crowds and having a ball.
L-R: Was there partying after the last show?
RW: I think there was some pretty savage partying going
on. I missed it 'cause I had to get up early the next day.
Having said that there was some pretty savage partying going
on in hotels all around the nation on that tour. Some of
the blokes who had gone on to do other things and had re-formed
they were going "Yeah I'm gonna do all that stuff I used
L-R: They kept throwing TVs out the window and riding motorcycles
through the hallways?
RW: The equivalent of. One of the last gigs in Melbourne
they were staying at the Hilton, of course I didn't stay
there because I live in Melbourne, there was a piano in
the lobby and they were all singing along until five in
the morning. They came back the next night expecting to
do the same and the Hilton moved the grand piano and locked
L-R: There's also talk that there might be another version
of that, a Countdown one. Would Mondo Rock be involved in
RW: I don't know, but I think the Coundown tour is defiantly
a good concept to go on. I think it could go up again as
Long Way To The Top part 2 because the tour that we saw
this year was based on the first three episodes of the documentary,
which was 50's 60's and up to the mid 70's. So the secong
half would pick up from there and go all through the 80's
and the 80's seem to be extremely hot at the moment.
The Countdown one looks pretty good too because, weather
it's a good thing or not, they're thinking of bringing some
of the international acts that made it big because of Countdown.
Blondie, Duran Duran, those kind of names have been thrown
around. So that could be a good show as well as the all-Australian
Long Way To The Top part 2.
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