“STADIUM ROCKS! (extract)
Australian singer, rock musician and friend of Populous, Tyrone Noonan, remembers his time perfomring in Populous-designed stadia with his band george.
1.8 billion. That's the figure that kept running through my head as I headed to Sydney's ANZ Stadium with my musical compadres from my band george, back in 2003.
This was how many TV viewers would be watching the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony at the stadium, in which we were all participating as performers. Talk about ratcheting up the nerves! And that's without mentioning the other more immediate rush of adrenalin we had from knowing we were about to play live to a packed house of 80,000 people.
When, back in 1967, The Beatles performed All You Need Is Love to a global TV audience, they had 400 million people watching. We were about to have well over four times that number focused on us. "Best not to think of such figures", I said to myself as our car snaked its way through Sydney towards the stadium.
“MAKING OF TYRONE (extract)
After leaving the esteemed Brisbane band George, Tyrone Noonan has found his feet as a singer and songwriter in New York and London. He spoke with Nathanael Cooper
REMEMBER the band George? The band dominated the Brisbane music scene for so long, and became one of the greatest pop exports Queensland has ever created. But all too soon, the George dream was over. The band’s second album would be its last (well, at least for now) and the members would go their separate ways.
Lead singer and co-songwriter Katie Noonan has released two successful albums since then, but what happened to her brother Tyrone?
He was the other voice and writer that made George such a powerful force. Well, he has certainly not been sitting quietly at home, reminiscing about the George days. The talented musician has been all over the world making amazing music, including a six-month songwriting and performing adventure in London.
And now he has his eyes firmly set on New York.....”
“BYE GEORGE! (extract)
Tyrone Noonan shot to fame in Aussie band George, but now he’s ready to go solo in the UK with a new album and London gig.
Nothing tests a musician’s
mettle like going solo.
Tyrone Noonan should
know. Not only is he forgoing the
safety net of his former band
George, he’s also been forced out
of the shadow of his sister Katie
— George’s luminously talented
For those of you suffering
eccy-induced memory loss,
George were the Brisbane indie
band who became a crossover
phenomenon in the early
noughties finding favour with
an Aussie music-buying public
more usually inclined towards the
post-grunge rock of Powderfinger
and the Foo Fighters.
Incredibly, their 2002 album
Polyserena debuted at number
one in the Australian charts, went
double platinum and beat The
Vines’ debut to win Aria for best
breakthrough album. Soon after
they headed to London to try their
luck and were featured in NME.....”
“LONDON CALLING FOR GEORGE BOY NOONAN (extract).
HOW do you follow up being in a band whose 2002 debut album Polyserena went to No.1 and double platinum and won an ARIA?
"You've got to be true to yourself," is the advice of Tyrone Noonan, who shot to the giddy heights of fame with Brisbane outfit george and has immersed himself in local projects since the band took an extended hiatus three years ago.
They are words he has followed very closely with his debut solo album I Believe, now waiting in the wings for international release.
"This (solo album) is the best reflection of just me. I guess as a person and a songwriter and the kind of music that I really like."
His individual flavour as a solo artist blends rock with swirls of pop, soul, funk and reggae.
Noonan mixes it all with dexterity, going from crooning a love ballad to belting out a rock tune and sounding just as strong in both.
The album has a fair amount of radio appeal, especially the catchy song Tight Black Dress....”
“AND HE'S OFF, BY GEORGE, HEADED FOR BRIT SUCCESS.
Sunday sessions are back at the Brisbane Powerhouse. with the return of the free Livespark program showcasing local indie pop / rock talent.
Tyrone Noonan plays this weekend - his last public performance before he heads off to further his career in the UK.
Noonan, who is also part of Aria Award-winning Brisbane band George, has already begun cementing his international reputation, after supporting superstars Macy Gray and Jewel, and playing in front of a TV audience of millions at the Rugby World Cup.
"Brisbane will always be in my heart, but it's time to go overseas and spread out a bit," Noonan says.
"There's such a small market here that it sometimes feels like succeeding is almost success at someone else's expense.
"Playing at the Powerhouse will be a nice way to say goodbye for now'".
Catch Tyrone Noonan's farewell performance on Sunday from 3.30pm at the Turbine Hall, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm.”