The brain child of Jim Slade, an iconic name in the Adelaide radio scene, who worked as a Disc Jockey from 1962 to 1966 on Radio Station 5DN and from 1966 to 1969 on 5KA, the Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide celebrated its second birthday on October 13, 2016.
Beatles Press Conference South Australian Hotel June, 1964. From the left Ron Sullivan 5 AD, Perth Radio, Jim Slade 5 DN, Paul Linkson 5 DN, Graham Edwin 5 AD, David Flatman 5 KA, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.
By Eva Rinaldi - Aria 2014, CC BY-SA 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36995251
Inspired by the positive reaction to a series of Sixties gigs several years ago, Jim realised that the same people who listened to his radio shows "back in the day" were attending these shows to meet others of a similar age and musical taste. From 2014, Jim has been bringing the Baby Boomers together every month for a night of live music and interviews with Australian music celebrities. Jim is no stranger to chatting with the stars, having interviewed big music names including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Bee Gees and even The Wiggles, in his days as a radio announcer. Every month, Australian music legends including Russell Morris, Ross Wilson and Beeb Birtles chat with Jim over skype like old friends. International stars including Frank Ifield sometimes get on FaceTime for a live chat. Audience participation is encouraged, with the opportunity to ask questions of the stars whose faces were probably found on posters on the bedroom walls of many Baby Boomers.
The Boys guitarists Jock Howlett, Les Miles and Angie Agius . Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Adelaide is fortunate to have so many talented live bands who continue to call our state home. Adelaide bands including the The Boys, Five Sided Circle, The Party Cats and the Hoadley's Battle of The Bands finalist, Travis Wellington Hedge are regulars, as well as Harry Henri and John Forest singing the songs of the Everly Brothers and 83 year old Johnny Florence, who can belt out Roy Orbison songs with power which leaves the audience speechless.
Johnny Florence; 83 and still rocking with his renditions of Roy Orbison songs. Photo: Hazel Ccohcrane
There is a reason these talented bands are still so popular after decades in the music business. They display an energy and passion for performing which literally rocks the room. If you want proof, ask a member of the audience at the recent performance by The Boys, where a night of great rock music ended with an amazing and energetic drum solo by the very talented Gary Burrows.
Gary Burrows closes the show with an amazing drum solo. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
If you love music, this is the place to be. Snacks and bar facilities are available at the venue between 7pm to 10pm, or you can enjoy a meal in the hotel from 5pm. Details of upcoming events can be found at the Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide website or Facebook page. Tickets can be booked online or, if not sold out, you can buy tickets at the door.
They say if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there. Baby Boomers Rock Adelaide is the chance to jog your memory and enjoy the songs you love.