Countdown returns, can it be spectacular again?

I should have noted this much earlier (when I booked the tickets), but following the success of last year’s Countdown Spectacular, which I followed all around the country, the promoters are repeating the exercise this year. The new twist is we also get international performers this time around, although there’s still plenty of Aussies to keep things flowing. Not everyone on the list thrills me, but the bias towards acts I just don’t care about is a lot less prominent this year. Here’s the ones I’m actually excited about, in billing and nationality order:

Rick Springfield – Martha Davis of The Motels – Doug Fieger Of The Knack – Katrina Leskanich formerly of Katrina & The Waves – Plastic Bertrand – Robin Scott alias ‘M’ – Samantha Fox – Birtles Shorrock Gobles (founding members of Little River Band) – rockin’ Doc Neeson’s Angels – Kate Ceberano (I’m Talking) – Sharon O’Neill – John Schumann of Redgum – Dave Mason of The Reels – Ignatius Jones of Jimmy & The Boys and Paul Gray of Wa Wa Nee

Here’s the one’s I’m less fussed on, although they are, as I said, a much better set than last year’s oddities:

Les McKeown formerly of The Bay City Rollers – Richard Gower of Racey – David Paton of Pilot – Graham Bonnet – Richard Clapton – Supernaut (“reforming especially”, but I still don’t care) – The Radiators

Everything kicks off tonight in Newcastle, so expect a report soon after.

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