Doing the Eagle Rock: Music Legend Ross Wilson Talks New Music, Mudgee and Dropping Your Pants | Guardian Mudgee

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As a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and creator of one of Australia’s most iconic tracks, Ross Wilson’s impact on the fabric of musical culture has been felt in every corner. Wilson is heading to Mudgee on March 26 to perform as part of the Sunset Sounds lineup, one of Mudgee’s biggest concerts since the pandemic, and he can’t wait to get back to a part of the country he loves. Wilson spoke to the Mudgee Guardian ahead of his trip to town, which is one of a number of stops he makes throughout the year, still a performer and eager to get back on the road now that restrictions COVID allow. “We’re really making up for lost time. I’ve been sitting around for two years and I’ve done half a dozen gigs. So we’ve got a lot of catching up to do and of course, you know, we’re going to put everything into it. are,” he said. The last time Wilson released an album was over a decade ago in 2010, but he revealed that during the COVID lockdown he spent a lot of time in the studio and preparing a new version for the future, although the style may be different from what people expect from the seasoned rocker. “I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do in the future. I wrote a few songs and went through my archives and found a few songs that I completely forgot that are really good,” he said. “So I have a backlog that I want to record, and maybe we’ll release another album, maybe an EP before that. “I think it might surprise people. I write a lot more humorous songs. I got a little serious here for a while, but I’m having a lot of fun again now, maybe the lockdown helped that , I’m not sure. But, you know, there’s definitely been a slight left turn, or where you want to go.” I think it’s going to be a mix of all the things that I’m known for, that’s i.e. I’m known for Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock. I am a mixture of all these things. But basically it’s my voice and the things I want to say and as I get older I think the things you say take on a little more seriousness. But like I said, I’m having a lot more fun. Wilson is best known nationwide as the author and performer of the iconic bop Eagle Rock. During her performance at Mudgee, there are expected to be more than a few punters doing the ‘eagle drop’, an age-old Australian tradition of pulling down your pants and dancing to the duration of the song. Wilson said he’s not sure exactly where the tradition started, but he’s amused that it’s become part of the culture now. “I don’t know who started it. University of Queensland – People at QUT think they started it, they even have rules in the student bar…it comes down to number eight or something and that It’s like ‘Security’s not to eject customers if they drop their pants to the Eagle Rock song’. And then it’s like, ‘but they have to replace them at the end’. “By the way for all your [Mudgee Guardian] readers, you don’t take off all your pants, you just keep your underwear on. “Sunset Sounds kicks off in Mudgee on Saturday, March 26 at Craigmoor Wines. Lineup includes; Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, Russel Morris, The Black Sorrows, Richard Clapton, Ross Wilson, Dragon, Shannon Noll, Wendy Matthews and Bachelor Girl.” I am in good company, i.e. Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano, Russel Morris, Joe Camilleri. You know, those three guys I just mentioned, they’re all my contemporaries…we’re exactly the same age and we’re all still playing at a high level and releasing new stuff. It’s great to be in their company,” Wilson said. “It’s great that this audience has come, and there will be thousands of people there. We will find our rhythm and everyone will have a good time. Hope the sun shines and it’s great.” Our reporters work hard to bring local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: