BY THE C: Ross Wilson will be in Hervey Bay next year.
BY THE C: Ross Wilson will be in Hervey Bay next year. Anna Bartle

Rock royalty comes to the Fraser Coast

FOR those out there who don't know who Ross Wilson is, he is best described as being Australian rock royalty, with a career spanning more than 40 years and he's coming to Hervey Bay in February 2018 as part of the By The C festival.

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When The Indy asked Wilson to describe himself to the younger generation, he told us "if you were to tell them Come Said the Boy and Eagle Rock - that's the same guy", while they might find it hard to put the two together, they'd know who he was.

"I'm very fortunate," he said.

"One of the first really big hits was with a great group of us, myself and three other guys in Daddy Cool.

"We had the song Eagle Rock and just about everyone in Australia would know that song."

From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, one of the things Wilson is most proud of is his discovery of the Skyhooks and when John Farnham, who will headline at the festival, covered A Touch of Paradise.

"I discovered Skyhooks and then I mentored them for about a year/18 months," he said.

"They didn't have Shirley on vocals when I first found them, but they had great songs and then when Shirly joined, it just kind of all came together.

"We produced the Living in the 70s album, which was a ground breaking album.

"I'm proud that I wrote songs that then . . . other people recorded.

"A good example of that is A Touch of Paradise.

"It was the very first song for Mondo Rock that I wrote . . . in the mid-70s and then 10 years later, Farnham covered it, and then it became like a household song."

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Wilson has continued to achieve success, with his songs being recorded by a range of artists, including Jimmy Barnes, DEF-FX, Custard, Troy Cassar-Daley, You Am I, Christine Anu, Lee Kernaghan, and even The Wiggles - who he has worked with more than once.

"We've done a couple of things together, the first one was a Wiggly version of Eagle Rock," he said.

"I'm a character with the Wiggles.

"I'm King Mondo from the Rock Star planet and I've done three DVDs with them so far," he said.

Wilson even tried his hand at acting this year, playing cameo roll alongside his daughter Olivier due to be on Neighbours early in 2018.

Fraser Coast Tourism and Events marketing and communications manager Bradley Nardi has said this would be the first year for By The C.

"Provided it attracts strong support, the aim is to make the 'By The C' concert with its big-name acts an annual event to help bring more visitors into the area in February-March which are traditionally leaner months for tourism."



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