Ross Wilson returns to Barossa stage

TO VISIT: Mondo Rock front man Ross Wilson, with band members, will appear at Barossa's ADOTG.
TO VISIT: Mondo Rock front man Ross Wilson, with band members, will appear at Barossa's ADOTG.

The Barossa offers Mondo Rock’s front man Ross Wilson many of his favourite things – a strong crowd, perfect vineyard setting and of course, wine.

So it’s no surprise he was keen to head back to the Barossa with the Aussie band to perform at A Day on the Green in November.

Wilson, who calls Melbourne home, last entertained in the Barossa along with Californian crooner Chris Isaak in 2006 as part of the ADOTG winery series.

Appearing on stage this year with Mondo Rock rather than as a soloist, Wilson also looks forward to sharing the stage with another music legend John Farnham.

And for those who enjoy a bit of music trivia, a handful of songs written by Mondo Rock helped Farnham further make a name for himself, including ‘Touch of Paradise’.

“It’s already a double bill to be on stage with John,” Wilson said.

Wilson also made the subtle hint for Farnham to call him on stage to perhaps perform ‘Touch of Paradise’ together, which they’ve done in the past.

Meanwhile, it seems Wilson – who remains one this country’s most respected artists – has no plans to retire from the music industry which he entered more than 40 years ago.

His success has meant loyal followers across the decades.

You only need to look up his social media accounts to see the followers of his busy schedule – including a live event near home this Friday night.

Wilson is best known for bringing music alive through Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock in 1976 before becoming a solo artist and songwriter of timeless classics such as Eagle Rock and Cool World.

Back home, writing and singing continue to remain his passion.

“Although, I do see a personal trainer twice a week,” he said.

In September he heads of to Europe with wife Tania for a bit of “R and R” as he calls it, before he’s left to fend for himself while she spends time in LA with daughter Olympia Valance, who announced her resignation from TV series Neighbours.

For the band, Wilson said the members enjoyed getting back each time an event presented itself.

He said apart from Paul Christie based in Sydney (the rest from Melbourne) and having individual careers, their bond still remains strong.

“We just have to plan a long way ahead for us to pull together,” he said.

As for the upcoming Barossa visit, Wilson said it will be guitar and keyboard player Eric McCusker who will be ordering the wine during their visit.

“He’s the wine lover out of our group.”

Tickets for the Saturday, November 25, concert at Peter Lehmann Wines go on sale Friday.

For more details, visit ticketmaster.com.au, or phone 136 100 or Peter Lehmann Wines on 8565 9555.