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:: The Andrew Durant Memorial Concert / Stars Live At Bombay Rock

Andrew Durant was one of Australia’s most talented songwriters and member of 1970s Melbourne band Stars. Sadly, he died of cancer in May 1980 at age 25. In a wonderful tribute, Australia’s best rock musicians performed all his compositions in a recorded concert at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre. It was a terrible shock to the Australian music industry and bandmate Mal Eastick quickly organised this memorable concert into a major event soon after Andrew's death later. It generated huge support - raising lots of money for cancer research and helping to generate a top-ranking double album and a video

Now the concert is released on DVD for the first time. The event brought together Andy’s Stars band mates with guests Jimmy Barnes, Renee Geyer, Ian Moss, Don Walker, Richard Clapton, Broderick Smith and many more. This still remains one of Australian rock music's finest moments, but only natural for a well-liked musician. I was pretty young when this concert occurred but when I saw Jimmy Barnes on the list of participants, I was not surprised because I've known in my time following the Australian music scene that when anyone is in great need (and for a music event of this magnitude), Jimmy is always there to help out.

The DVD sound quality is a worthy representation to the emotion of the time and has been digitally remastered. The release of the event comes in a special two-part package. The first disc is the Memorial Concert in its entirety for the first time. A bonus disc of Stars recorded live at Melbourne’s Bombay Rock in 1978, prior to Andy’s death, serves as a great reminder of the Stars band and Andrew's ability as a musician. Bombay Rock was one of the iconic Melbourne pub rock venues of the 1970s and 1980s. The footage is shot with one camera but it brings the atmosphere of the time and is a worthy companion to the Memorial Concert.

DVD Extras

interviews with Mal Eastick, Mick Pealing and fan club leader Sarah Morgan.