English-born Australian teen pop idol from the 1960s&70s, 15-time ARIA Award winner and master performer of classic hits, John Farnham, rocked out to ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (if You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)’ by AC/DC in true rock ‘n’ roll black healed boots with sequin-clad Olivia Newton-John by his side.
The pair of Australian superstars co-headlined Two Strong Hearts on an Australian tour, with Brisbane in the mix for a wild and wondrous night.
Farnham and Newton-John’s performance was supported by The Farnham band and the always incredible Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with attention grabbing solo’s by guitarists and an extraordinary keyboardist.
With the 60 piece orchestra surrounding them on stage, the two superstars brought a high degree of energy to Brisbane with playful and flirtatious on-stage chemistry that allowed their true vibrant personalities to shine through.
It was during the end of Summer Nights from Grease when four-time Grammy award winner Newton-John, sporting an infamous sequin and studded black leather jacket, burst in laughter after one of Farnham’s many flirtatious stints. The pair finally forgot where they were and showed their ‘human sides’ and their ability to simply have fun. It was as though the audience was given a backstage pass to to the singers without the front of show biz.
Farnham’s crowd interaction was terrific as he shook the hand of all who came to the edge of the stage mid song, pleasing the star-crossed super fans with gifts of roses, folded notes and white teddy bears.
The much-loved legends raised the roof with hits spanning over five decades that made for a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
However Brisbane went totally wild with hands in the air, hips swaying and a chorus of voices from the crowd when Farnham and Newton-John returned for a magnificent and an unanticipated encore of hit rock music to close the show.
Two Strong Hearts offered Brisbane a compilation of solo’s by the Australian idols such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and duo’s from their heyday like Physical.
Two Strong Hearts was a remarkable, spirited and playful performance that relied on the genuine talent of Farnham, Newton-John and supporting musicians to win over the crowd rather than the glitz, glamour and outlandish props that can be found in musical theatre today.
Two Strong Hearts. Images by Dainty Group.
Details: John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John – Two Strong Hearts Tour | Future Dates: Saturday 18th April – Hunter Valley, Tempus Two Winery; Sunday 19th April – Sydney, Qantas Credit Union Arena