The Australian Classic Rock Show

Annette McHugh with daughter Ellie      Picture:  Malcolm Wells (170626-1955)

It’s a family affair at the Aegon Southsea Trophy for the McHughs

Strewth, cobber! These guys rock!

The makers of the prestigious Australian Pink Floyd Show now shine their musical light on other great rock bands in an experience reminiscent of diving into the vinyl LPs of one's youth.

Songs in the first half are introduced on a video screen by a spaced-out kangaroo, playing records in his bachelor pad – a neat trick to introduce acts.

We started with Supertramp, and wended our way to The Who via Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Genesis, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pink Floyd.

Every track was lovingly recreated by 10 musicians and singers each as talented as any member of the bands they showcased.

A high-quality big budget production, my only gripe was that the light show might have been toned down a tad to avoid blinding those in the Guildhall circle.

I could have done with more Stairways To Heaven and fewer obscurities, such as Zep's ludicrously overblown Battle Of Evermore, one only for diehards, surely.

That said, gems like Ripples by Genesis were wonderful to discover, and Joe Walsh's Life's Been Good was a true show-stopper.

A stupendous Freebird and a blistering Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who rounded off a top night of rock.

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