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Australian Played
Classic Aussie Music - Live & Alive

Australian Played - Jimmy Barnes Fan - Allphones Arena Function Lounge for Cold Chisel Event

Australian Played - Jimmy Barnes Fan - Allphones Arena Function Lounge for Cold Chisel Event

Australian Played

There once was a time when, you couldn’t walk or drive past almost any corner pub in the city or country, on any given Friday or Saturday night and NOT hear the sound of music wafting into the street. Just like the aroma of snags cooking on your neighbours BBQ, it whetted your appetite and you just had to go in for a taste.

Australian Played brings back the anthems, the sight & the sensation in an all live show complete with our production and lighting or your in-house facilities.

Each member of Australian Played boasts a live music career of no less than 20 years and are supported by a full-time management and marketing team. Together, we’re dedicated to providing you and your audience an Australian Music experience second only to the original artists that forged the foundations of the Australian Music Industry.

From hotels, pubs, clubs and major outdoor events, Australian Played has performed before audiences of all sizes, ages and demographics including:-

  • Fosters Formula 1 Grand Prix 1993 – Adelaide, SA.
  • New Years Eve 1997 – Mitchell Street Darwin/15,000+ audience
  • Emergency Services ‘000 Party’ 2001 – Paddington Town Hall
  • Campbelltown City Council Australia Day 2004, Headline Koshigaya Park/10,000+
  • AFL – Swans vs. Collingwood July 2009 – ANZ Stadium Overflow pre match
  • Penrith City Council Australia Day 2010, Regatta Centre/10,000+ audience
  • Bledisloe Cup ‘Club Space’ – Sept. 2010, ANZ Stadium pre match
  • The Entrance Australia Day 2011 Main Stage Headline/12,000+ audience
  • Singleton Hospital Cancer Appeal Dinner 2011, Club Singleton

Large or small, younger or a tad older, with the overall popularity of classic Australian rock & pop plus more recent releases, we can cater to almost any audience. Don’t take our word for it, see what the people have to say about Australian Played!

Australian Played History

Australian Played was first formed in October 1991 by duo partners (Not Jazz), John Backer & Graeme Craske. After successfully auditioning for Adelaide based Rolling Stones tribute, Sticky Fingers and doing less than a handful of gigs, the duo decided that John really didn’t make a decent Mick Jagger what with having a normal lower lip and all, and whilst the songs were all good fun and pretty easy to play & sing, they figured there must be something better!

So rather than wait until the right band came along to join they started Australian Played. After a few short months, Graeme decided to return to his solo act after learning his wife was pregnant with their first bub and as with many bands around the world, many other players came & went. In total, Australian Played has played host to: 13 lead guitarists, 5 rhythm guitarists, 5 bass players, 4 keyboard players & 3, yes only 3 drummers. But we’ve only ever had one lead singer.

In December 1994, John decided to relocate to NSW with the intent of starting a new line-up from scratch. On January the 25th, 1995 the band played its final gig at Lennies Tavern, Glenelg in South Australia before a packed house in excess of 1,200 punters. On that same night, John was introduced to Greg Lines who was, and still works Sydney wide with his duo/trio, GTS. The pair arranged to make contact on Johns’ arrival in Sydney and soon after, John had teamed up with Greg & Scott Pendlebury as part of the GTS trio and the basis of Australian Played.

By late 1996, a firm and final line-up was forged that included Cal Rorke on drums, Steve Lyvidikos – lead guitar, Alan Harpley – rhythm guitar & vocals, Brett Wakeling – bass & vocals and John up front. The band worked consistently until mid 1999 when, after a disagreement between members, it was decided that it was time for a change. On Christmas eve that same year, the new look Australian Played performed its first live show to a packed house in sunny downtown Port Kembla featuring:-

  • John Backer – Lead Vocals
  • Andrew Dawson – Keys/Guitar
  • Robin Karpathy – Bass/Vocals
  • Steve Lyvidikos – Lead Guitar/Vocals
  • Errol Reeves – Drums/Vocals

The rest as they say is history. With the exception of our lead guitarist, the band has stuck together through the ebbs & tides of the live music scene for more than 10 years. Andrew, Errol, Robin & John have been the mainstays of the show since that first gig in 1999 and in September 2010 we were pleased to welcome Ross Macrae on lead guitar who slotted in to the line-up like we had played with him a 1,000 times before.

Australian Played - Run To Paradise - Allphones Arena Function Lounge for Cold Chisel Event

Australian Played - Run To Paradise - Allphones Arena Function Lounge for Cold Chisel Event


Our "Classic Aussie Rock Show" is suited to almost any size venue and a wide range of age groups featuring classic hits from the 60's through to current releases.

From smaller pub/hotel rooms to large outdoor events, this show has something to suit every patriotic lover of 'true blue' Australian Music

      - Highway to Hell
      - Marsielle
      - Am I Ever Gonna See?
Australian Crawl
      - The Boys Light Up
Jimmy Barnes
      - Working Class Man
Black Feather
      - Boppin' The Blues
Boom Crash Opera
      - Onion Skin
      - Run To Paradise
Cold Chisel
      - Cheap Wine
      - Khe Sahn
Crowded House
      - Mean To Me
Daddy Cool
      - Eagle Rock
      - April Sun in Cuba
      - Rain
Hoodoo Gurus
      - What's My Scene?
Hunters & Collectors
      - Do You See What I See?
      - We Can Get Together
      - Don't Change
      - Kick
      - Are You Gonna Be My
Men At Work
      - Who can It Be Now?
      - Be Good Johnny
      - Nips Are Getting Bigger
      - Out Of Mind
Mondo Rock
      - Cool World
      - No Lies
      - Take Me Back
Paul Kelly
      - To Her Door
      - Darling it Hurts
      - Coming Home
Screaming Jets
      - Better
      - Summer Love
Split Enz
      - History Never Repeats
Rick Springfield
      - Jessies Girl
Sunny Boys
      - Alone With You
Ted Mulry Gang
      - Jump in my Car
Thirsty Merc
      - In The Summertime
Billy Thorpe
      - Most People I know
V Spy V Spy
      - Don't Tear It Down
Stevie Wright
      - Evie 1,2 & 3

and many more .....

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