Music industry mates John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks and Diesel banded together for one night only with the Playing It Forward benefit concert at Hisense Arena on June 28. Well-known Australian guitarist Stuart (Chet) Fraser – a founding member of Noiseworks, long-term player in John Farnham’s band, and occasional guitarist in the Barnes Band – was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Overwhelmed by the massive support he has already received from industry alumnae, Support Act set-up a Help A Mate fundraising page for the renowned guitarist, giving his family peace of mind so they could focus on what he needed medically.
Supported by long-time friend Olivia Newton-John, who Chet has performed regularly with in the past, he underwent surgery and treatment at the ONJ Wellness Centre. His friends are now banding together for a special fundraising concert – Playing It Forward – to raise continued proceeds for Chet’s Help A Mate appeal, as well as donating much-needed funds to Olivia Newtown John’s Wellness Centre, and Support Act. With the help of John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Noiseworks, with special guests this one-off show is sure to be a night to remember.
“I’ve played with Stuart since he was very young,” says Jimmy Barnes. “He’s one of the nicest people I know and one of the best guitar players in the business, it’s so great to see so many people in the music industry rally together for such a good human being.”
John Farnham certainly needs no introduction to fans. His music is part of the Australian psyche. Revered as one of the best male vocalists – both by fans and fellow musicians – he has had an incredibly versatile career spanning from his debut in 1967 through to today. He won the hearts of Australia and became one of the country’s favourite sons with an incredible string of smash hit albums. With hit songs such as ‘You’re The Voice’, ‘Pressure Down’, ‘Reasons’, ‘Touch of Paradise’, ‘Age of Reason’, ‘Two Strong Hearts’, ‘Burn For You’, ‘Chain Reaction’, ‘Talk of the Town’, ‘Angels’, ‘Have A Little Faith (In Us)’ and ‘That’s Freedom’ to name a few, he is ‘the voice’ of Australian music. He also released some incredible renditions of songs he made his own, such as ‘When The War Is Over’ and ‘One’. Since the 1980s, he has been selling out stadiums, always incredibly in demand for his live shows.
Jimmy Barnes is the working class man of Australian rock! As a legend both from his time fronting Cold Chisel and his top charting solo career, Barnes has toured the breadth of Australia. He has an enviable back catalogue that makes for incredible live performances with songs like ‘Working Class Man’, ‘When Your Love Is Gone’ and ‘No Second Prize’ to name a few. He has an enviable solo career that spans more than 30 years, a swag of Top 40 albums, and smash hit #1 charting singles under his belt and has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice – once with Chisel and once as a solo performance. There is little Jimmy Barnes can’t do – but one thing he can do better than most is rock!
Noiseworks are Australian rock legends and are well reputed for their incredible live shows. They are adored by music fans and critics alike. The multi-ARIA nominated band features some of the best musicians in the country and have produced a swag of incredible songs, such as ‘Take Me Back’, ‘Love Somebody’, ‘Touch’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Miles and Miles’ and ‘In My Youth’ to name a few. The band sold in excess of 1.2 million albums with 15 hit singles before calling a break in the early 1990s. Fast forward to current day and they are rocking harder than ever