Wickety Wak back

Wickety Wak are back on the road and entertaining audiences. Don’t miss their show at the Gympie Civic Centre, March 9.
Wickety Wak are back on the road and entertaining audiences. Don’t miss their show at the Gympie Civic Centre, March 9. Contributed

WICKETY Wak are back on the road.

The zany entertainers have been lured out of retirement again and are now heading for Gympie.

After nearly 40 years of entertaining audiences across Australia, including a couple of attempted retirements and a massive comeback tour, Wickety Wak are back by popular demand.

Tickets are selling fast to the March 9 show at Gympie's Civic Centre, in aid of the Beef Committee's Miss Showgirl entrant, Kellie Gear.

This show-stopping band of the 1980s was first lured out of retirement in 2009 to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Gympie Country Music Muster after a break of almost 16 years.

So started the very successful Lock up Your Grandmothers Tour where Wickety Wak performed an amazing 30 sold-out shows in just 34 days from Cairns to Lismore.

In 2009 the band took another break for members to concentrate on their individual careers.

Now they are back, with a brand new show treating audience members to hours of musical mayhem, combining serious melodies with parodies of some of the world's most noted musicians.

Wickety Wak is Queensland's own home-grown success story, have now been entertaining people for nearly 40 years.

Tickets are $50 and bookings can be made at the Bank of Queensland in Mary St or Sullivan's Livestock in Tozer St.

Wickety Wak first appeared on stage in 1975 at the National Hotel in Brisbane and 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 and still is.

From Tom Jones to Cher and Willie Nelson to Dolly Parton, no performer was left untouched by their hilarious parodies.

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.

On March 9, Gympie region fans will be treated to a thoroughly entertaining show and the proceeds from ticket sales will support of the Gympie Show Society.

For more details phone Kellie on 0427 189 271.

Topics:  fundraiser gympie civic centre miss showgirl

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