Molly praises Countdown concert, calls for ABC revival.

Music guru Molly Meldrum has praised ABC’s celebrated Countdown concert, and called upon the ABC to reboot the music show in a new guise.

Here’s what he posted on Facebook:

The New Year’s Eve ABC Show from the Sydney Opera House was absolutely spectacular!

The whole production was superb. From the incredible performances by Jimmy Barnes, JPY, Marcia Hines, Colin Hay and Kate Ceberano, which brought back so many great memories — and then seeing Mahalia Barnes, Casey Donovan, Stella Donnelly and Isaiah’s equally incredible performances, inspired by the songs of Countdown, it was so fantastic.

The backing singers were also incredible; the wonderful Wolfgram Sisters.

Shane Howard from Goanna singing “Solid Rock” with Isaiah, the song was so relevant back then and is still now, it was so together, an amazing moment in music.

Phil Jamieson from Grinspoon singing “Evie 1, 2 and 3” woah! It was a fitting tribute to George Young and also a song from Malcolm Young, we will miss them both.

Sadly they didn’t sing “Oh When the Saints Go Marching In”. But I am always a bit of a dreamer about the Saints and I guess that song “Impossible Dream” really sums me up.

Montaigne performed “Ashes to Ashes”, it was mind-blowing, the David Bowie song could also be a tribute to Steve Smith and the Australian Cricket Team for their brilliant playing because they not only got the Ashes back to Australia but they also got the Ashes to Ashes with the English team.

Stella Donnelly from Perth gave her all to Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Time After Time”, even Cindy would have dropped a tear or two to that.

Amazing effort the backing band, all brilliant musicians and worked so hard and fitted in with everyone it was incredible, well done to them and all the people with lighting and crew, they all deserve a big mention.

I loved the bit about the Countdown sisters; Linda and Karen (I love Paul McCartney) Freedman, because that personified what Countdown was all about.

Charlie Pickering was a master host along with Zan Rowe taking us on an incredible journey down memory lane, and the cherry on top; the class act of finishing with “Love Is In The Air”, well it brought a tear to my eye. Love is in the air, thank you and well done ABC.

So proud to have been part of Countdown and to see how it’s message still resonates today, we have incredible talent in this country, we should continue to support Aussie Acts wherever possible. We have in our country an incredible amount of young talent and that also includes young record producers and the like.

Support the older artists too, they are incredible, and even ABC need another show in the 6-7pm timeslot, like they did with Countdown, they can’t go wrong. If the ABC did that again and go around the country, all the rural areas etc, that would be the best present this country could ever have for music.

Love Molly X

Via: Herald Sun.


  1. Maev....Sydney

    Never enough music….not much music I do not like…from most genres…
    Music washes away from the soul…the dust of everyday life!

  2. Watching the Classic Countdown episodes that aired late last year, the same thought struck me, that there should really be a show like this on TV now. Currently, there is really no where for upcoming Australian acts or even touring international acts to perform on our TV, apart from the morning shows I guess which is a bit sad.

    • Yep, Hey Hey, Rove Live and The Panel were a place for Australian artists and overseas to perform. What do we have now? Umm.. morning TV (which is not good considering many are at school or work), and 2 minute chat on The Project mostly (though there was one time they made some room for Ed Sheeran to perform once on The Project unless I’m imagining it).

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