Twice Upon A Twilight …
Thirty years after they split, Australian pop legends The Twilights have reunited for two special Beatles tribute concerts called “All You Need Is … Beatles”, held at the Adelaide Festival Theatre on Saturday 4 November, 2000. The band performed two shows (3pm and 8pm), accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by David (“Journey To The Centre Of The Earth”) Measham, with guests Ross Wilson and Doc Neeson.
The reunion is major news for fans of the group and for Oz music enthusiasts generally, with The Twilights being the last of “big three” Australian bands of the 60s (with The Easybeats and The Masters Apprentices) to reform. The Adelaide concerts mark the first time the original members of the group – co-lead singers Glenn Shorrock and Paddy McCartney, guitarists Peter Brideoake and Terry Britten and bassist John Bywaters – have played together in public since the band broke up in early 1969; the only absentee is drummer Laurie Pryor, who joined the band shortly after their first recordings.
Their mystique has not diminished with time, burnished by the later successes of Glenn Shorrock with LRB and Terry Britten as a leading freelance producer and songwriter. Songs like Cathy Come Home, Needle In A Haystack, What’s Wrong With The Way I Live and 9:50 are rightly hailed as classics of the era, their original albums and singles are highly prized on the collectors’ market, and they have a considerable following in Japan and other countries through their recordings.
In their heyday in 1965-66, the Easybeats and Normie Rowe were the only serious rivals to The Twilights’, whose massive popularity was crowned by their win in the inaugural Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds in 1966. They were renowned for their dynamic showmanship and their live prowess, and it’s appropriate that they have reunited for a concert of Beatles music. The group members were mostly children of English immigrant families and they made no secret of their adoration of the Fab Four. The Twilights were famed for their note-perfect performances of Beatles songs, they recorded their classic version of The Hollies’ What’s Wrong With The Way I Live at Abbey Rd Studios with former Beatles engineer Norman “Hurricane” Smith, and on their return from the UK in 1967 they wowed local audiences with their complete live renditions of the then-unreleased Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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