Jailhouse Rock at Boggo Road Gaol, 1993

View of the crowd and stage at the Jailhouse Rock concert held at Boggo Road Gaol in Dutton Park, Brisbane, 1993. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27175-0001-0006

View of the crowd and stage at the Jailhouse Rock concert held at Boggo Road Gaol in Dutton Park, Brisbane, 1993. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27175-0001-0006

On 31 July 1993, Brisbane’s old Boggo Road Gaol hosted Jailhouse Rock, a concert featuring a mix of Australian bands past and present. The line-up included the Divinyls, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs (promoted as their first show in Australia for 20 years with the original band members), Rose Tattoo, Spy vs Spy, Ratcat, The Dukes, Living Daylights, Def Rhyme and up and coming Brisbane band Powderfinger. Advertisements promised “ten hours of great Australian rock” with tickets priced at $26.80 (approximately $49 today).

Simon Day from the band Ratcat at the Boggo Road Gaol for the Jailhouse Rock concert, Brisbane, 1993. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27175-0001-0004

Simon Day from the band Ratcat at the Boggo Road Gaol for the Jailhouse Rock concert, Brisbane, 1993. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27175-0001-0004

Powderfinger, who would later achieve success and acclaim Australia-wide with hit songs such as My Happiness, Baby I’ve Got You (On My Mind), Sunsets and Lost and Running, opened the concert. Simon McKenzie, writing for Brisbane music magazine Time Off (4 August 1993 edition), praised the band’s set at Jailhouse Rock – “Powderfinger warm up the early arrivals, many of whom were probably seeing them for the first time. I recommend seeing them for the first time…They must and shall go far”.

Powderfinger at the Jailhouse Rock concert held at Boggo Road Gaol in Dutton Park 1993. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27175-0001-0005

Powderfinger at the Jailhouse Rock concert held at Boggo Road Gaol in Dutton Park, Brisbane, 1993. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27175-0001-0005

State Library of Queensland are fortunate to hold three images taken during this concert as part of 27175 Kathy Dora photographs collection.

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Myles Sinnamon – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland

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