Music aimed at the heart and feet
THE Delltones have charmed, enchanted and energised audiences since they stormed stadiums with Johnny O'Keefe in the late 50s.
Audiences still scream and shout, dance the steps, and chant the goofy chants, and Gympie fans are looking forward to the band coming back for another dose on Thursday, April 15, at the RSL.
The Delltones played in Gympie at the height of their career and are still playing, celebrating and elevating rock ‘n'roll as they did back then.
With their highly professional presentation and stage set-up, and the never-diminishing allure of their instantly identifiable Mr Bassman, the band is expected to wow a full house in the bigger and better function room of the newly renovated RSL.
And it won't just be original fans who've grown up with the band in the crowd – there are more than a few younger people intrigued by the durability of this rock'n'roll institution. They are drawn by the power of a music that truly shook the world.
“Our sound is aimed at the heart and feet,” founding band member Ian “Peewee” Wilson said.
“I've always wanted to do music that reflected romance and humour,” he said.
“The bottom line for the Delltones is entertainment.
“When we first started in 1958, a lot of people were telling us that we might as well enjoy ourselves while we could because that music wasn't going to last.
“Rock‘n'roll was a passing fad which would soon disappear.”
More than 50 years later, The Delltones beg to differ.
To win two tickets to the show, or one of two Delltones' CDs, drop your entries in, labelled The Delltones with your name and daytime phone number, to The Gympie Times, 197 Mary Street before Tuesday, April 13.