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Australia’s most respected musicians join forces for Toronto Hotel gig


What do you get when you mix The Screaming Jets with Southern Sons, Thirsty Merc and Hall of Famer Russell Morris?

The answer is The Fabulous Caprettos.

Newcastle legend Dave Gleeson will join forces with Jack Jones, Rai Thistlethwayte and Morris in 2024 to perform their biggest hits together.

And, Hunter fans of the quartet won’t miss out either, with a stopover at the Toronto Hotel scheduled for Sunday 13 October.

Appearing as The Fabulous Caprettos, the four will perform on stage for the entire concert; combining their unique musical virtuosities and stage presence to reimagine some of Australian rock music history’s most memorable moments from the 60s to the present day, plus a few surprises.

“The group’s name comes from a band in-joke,” Morris said.

“Someone jokingly referred to us as the ‘greatest of all time’ or GOAT.

“But, we didn’t want to appear egotistical.

“So, we replaced the acronym with the Italian word for goat – capretto.

“The boys and I absolutely love playing together as The Fabulous Caprettos.

“It breathes new life into all our hit songs.”

The four friends will play a selection of their favourites, including Morris’ spirit of the 60s anthems, The Real Thing and Sweet Sweet Love, Southern Sons’ hits Hold Me in Your Arms, Always and Ever, Heart of Danger, Thirsty Merc’s pop songs, In the Summertime, 20 Good Reasons, Mousetrap Heart and Someday, Someday and Screaming Jets’ classics such as Better, C’Mon and Shivers.


Russell Morris is an iconic Australian singer-songwriter renowned for his distinctive voice and versatile musical talent. He began his music career in the 1960s as the lead vocalist for the band Somebody’s Image. He gained prominence with hits like Hush and The Real Thing, which became chart-toppers in Australia and established him as a significant figure in the local scene.

In 2012, Morris experienced a resurgence in popularity with the release of the album Sharkmouth, which delved into Australia’s history through a collection of blues and rock tracks inspired by real-life stories. The album earned widespread acclaim and numerous awards, including the ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album.


Irwin Thomas, also known by his stage name Jack Jones, is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist and lead singer of Southern Sons, who released three albums to multi-platinum sales and a string of hits such as Heart In Danger, Always and Ever, Hold Me In Your Arms, Waiting For That Train, I Can’t Wait Any Longer, Lead Me To Water, You Were There, Don’t Tell Me What’s Right (feat Colin Hay) and Trust In Me.

Jack has also recorded and performed with artists such as John Farnham, Glen Shorrock (Little River Band), Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, Rick Price, Richard Clapton, Garry Beers (INXS), Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Jeff Jacobs (Foreigner), Schuyler Deale (Michael Bolton, Billy Joel), Crystal Talefiero (Billy Joel), Joe Travers (Billy Idol, ZappaPlaysZappa), Deb Byrne, Stoolz Roachman & the Idiot Sevilles, Renee Geyer, Bachelor Girl, Jon Stevens, Ian Moss, Doug Parkinson and so many more. 


Dave Gleeson is a rock legend whose powerful vocals and charismatic stage presence have left an indelible mark on the Australian music scene. Born with an innate passion for rock and roll,

Gleeson rose to prominence as a founding member of the renowned band The Screaming Jets.

With their energetic performances and hard-hitting sound, they became a force to be reckoned with, delivering hit after hit that resonated with fans across the country.

Gleeson has also stepped into the role of frontman for another iconic Australian band, The Angels. His tenure with them solidified his reputation as one of Australia’s s most dynamic and versatile vocalists.

Gleeson has made his mark in radio, hosting the popular radio show Dave Gleeson Nights on the Triple M Network, too.


Rai Thistlethwayte is an Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In the late 1990s, he rose to prominence as the lead vocalist, keyboardist and primary songwriter for Thirsty Merc.

The band achieved commercial success with their self-titled debut album, which featured hit singles like In the Summertime and Someday, Someday.

Thistlethwayte’s distinctive voice and catchy compositions helped propel Thirsty Merc to the forefront of the Australian music scene. As a solo artist, he has released several albums, showcasing his versatility as a musician and exploring a range of musical styles, including pop, rock, and soul. His solo work highlights his prowess as a vocalist and his ability to craft poignant, introspective lyrics that resonate with audiences.

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