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The Rock-itt : August 2011
ard a True Star” from 73 and Todd (a 1974 double album). They were a long time ago but Todd has consistently deliv- ered right up to today. His legion of fans got the unbelievable privilege of seeing him perform at the Basement last October where he showcased his latest album, a tribute to Robert Johnson. Titled in true Todd manner “Todd Rundgren’s John- son”! At sixty-three he was still magnifi- cent. The last time I had seen him was at Oxford University in the UK where he fin- ished the show by hurling a guitar made of ice to the ground and shattering it to a million pieces, he’s no ordinary performer!! If you are already a Todd fan you may not be aware of a brilliant three CD set that also got released at the tail end of last year. It is aimed at the completist but it’s no less valuable for that. Called “For Lack Of Honest Work” it contains many live tracks along with alternative versions of Todd classics. I saw one on EBay as I was putting this together for less than $40, another bargain. Whilst I love music and I’m really grateful for the Rock-itt putting up with me I also want to use this feature to highlight other good stuff I see on the Peninsular. I’m a huge beer fan and I love the fact that Man- ly is now becoming a bit of a beer “mecca”. W e have Murrays new pub on the ocean side and the wonderful 4 Pines pub above the cinema across the road from the Ferry Terminal. Tiny problem with these boutique places is that the beer can be a bit exy. If you are a beer nutter like myself it doesn’t matter, you just cut down on the kids Christmas presents! (I am only joking!!). The pricing is understandable, they are producing specialist beers and selling them from premises which have really big rents. However, coming to the rescue on the Peninsular is Collaroy Ser- vices Club. This little gem is in a brilliant spot right on the beach and the genius who runs the bar has stocked it with a choice of about 20 beers many of which are not easily available elsewhere in Rock -itt territory. They even have Murray’s Whale Ale on tap and 4 Pines “Kolsch” for the ridiculous price of $4.80 a schooner to members. I’m not sure if you can get membership at the moment, they’ve re- cently revamped their restaurant and its quality is packing them in. Drop in for a drink though, like I did you’ll get a lovely smile as well!!! Just to finish this month I got a little surprise when a very good friend of mine told me that he had been working on a new album with Shannon Noll. Shannon has been around for a while now and to be honest was not partic- ularly on my radar. He is now! My mate played me three tracks from an album that is just in the mixing process and they were all really strong “Power pop” tunes. One of the tracks “Switch Me On” is already at Radio and I believe the response has been excel- lent. There is a tricky little web thing happen- ing that lets you hear the track, try shan- nonnoll.com.au and see if you can work it The warm welcome and some of the brilliant beers available at Colloroy RSL! Shannon rocks!!!