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The Rock-itt : September 2009
Well travelled, multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter, Tony Nero was in fine form when he hit the lounge at the Pittwater RSL recently. He was performing a set alongside regular and long time band mate, Dennis Wilson, who 30 years ago played together with Tony in a cover band called 'Future'. This band held down many long residencies and for some years did the P&O cruises, cruising the Pacific to places like Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bali for months at a time. Sunday afternoon usually hosts middle of the road covers acts and there was a large crowd of mixed age groups, from the very young to the young at heart. There was a very active group of about 20 couples and romantics who hugged the dance floor in a great display of ballroom dancing that was quite spectacular to watch. Tony's mix of danceable, romantic Latin and perky, spaghetti country with a few covers thrown in, was well at home and went down extremely well with grand applause and many people praising and congratulating him and his wife, Maria, personally after the show. Using his own separate PA and part sequenced backing on his keyboard giving a big punchy sound, Tony started his set with an upbeat original 'I Love You Only'. This quickly got a few couples up dancing while others savoured Tony's likeable voice which was strong and smooth. Toes quickly started tapping well beyond the lounge area to wherever the sound could be heard.' Make it Simple Make it Nice' with its perky, classic country feel and a big catchy chorus was very infectious and immediately packed the floor, getting a big reaction. Tony's deep affection for this country was then revealed in a classic, original and patriotic ballad 'Australia Australia' which touched everyone and got a huge reaction and in many venues. This song often gets a standing ovation. The next song was a danceable cover 'Save the Last Dance for Me' which I think everyone must have thought was the last dance or they recognised the opening few bars and flocked back to the crowded dance floor in a panic. Tony artfully kept them there this time by launching straight into 'Sway' medley style and again into 'Something's got a hold on me' by Kenny Rogers then back into a new original, 'Don't Promise Love This Way' with its dynamic Latin beat which also went down quite well. The last song 'I Love You Baby' was dedicated to all the lovers and romantics in the audience and is a love song Tony had written for his wife. It did the trick, bringing everyone together in a fitting close. Although this regular crowd is used to known cover material, they thoroughly enjoyed Tony's original music with its great style, irresistible, Latin dance beats and catchy lines that the audience could quickly latch onto. Tony was invited back by patrons and by the venue. " This is the best show we've had for a long time," commented one happy patron.