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John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special

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John Kennedy started his music career in Brisbane in the ‘80’s with his band JFK and the Cuban Crisis. He moved to Sydney with the band and had early success with heavy JJJ airplay of indie hits like ‘The Texan Thing’ and ‘The Ballad of Jackie O’. The band broke up and John moved on to a strong solo career with his band John Kennedy’s Love Gone Wrong. More indie hits followed with songs like ‘King Street’ and ‘Miracle (in Marrickville)’ helping define what John called his Urban and Western sound.

Despite topping the Australian Independent Music charts with the ‘Always The Bridegroom’ album, commercial crossover proved to be elusive leading to John’s decision to leave Australia. He spent the ‘90’s living and playing music in Berlin, Hong Kong and London before returning to Sydney in 2000. He formed a new band and continues to perform and produce independent releases with his band John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special.

Based in in Sydney’s Inner West, John is known for his unique “Urban and Western” sound, and his extensive repertoire of original songs, including indie hits like ‘The Texan Thing’ and ‘The Ballad of Jackie O’ with his first band, JFK and the Cuban Crisis, and ‘King Street’ and ‘Miracle (in Marrickville)’ from his time with John Kennedy’s Love Gone Wrong.

The current band, John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special features ex-Red Wiggle Murray Cook on lead guitar, Phil Hall formally of Sardine v and The Lime Spiders on bass and original Love Gone Wrong drummer Peter Timmerman. Expect great songs and stories from across John’s 40 year career!

The Hurricanes have been kicking up a storm since 2012. Harry, Rob, Ian and Shame are forecast to again blow the roof off The Stag and Hunter on the 12th of June. Chiming, grinding, guitar interplay mated with flowing bass lines and precise, punchy beats adorn these original tunes, sung with passion, harmony and joyful exuberance. The sounds of Dick Dale-esque surf guitar on steroids, the thundering, chanting, foot stomping 70s glam rock of T Rex and Slade and the gritty groove of classic Rolling Stones combine to create a truly unique expression of everything The Hurricanes love about rock’n’roll. They may well throw in a couple of 60s rock classics too…they usually do.

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