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The Main Event Tour

The Main Event Tour
Tour by Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham, Anthony Warlow
Start date 28 October 1998
End date 19 December 1998
Number of shows 9 in Australia
Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham, Anthony Warlow concert chronology

The Main Event Tour was a 1998 joint concert tour by Australian singers John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow.


  • Description 1
  • Set list 2
  • Tour dates 3
  • Broadcasts and recordings 4
  • Personnel 5
  • External links 6


The overture would start with the percussionist (Timothy Hook) on the timpani, and the Drummer (Dave Beck). Then the brass would come in, and the last four bars of "You're the Voice" would blend in. The Orchestra, would exchange during the Age of Reason medley with the Farnham Band. The artists would exchange sets, sometimes singing duets.

Set list

  1. "Overture"
  2. "Age Of Reason" [JF,ONJ,AW]
  3. "Phantom of The Opera" [AW,ONJ,JF]
  4. "A Little More Love" [ONJ,JF,AW]
  5. "This is The Moment" [Anthony]
  6. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" [Olivia]
  7. "Everytime You Cry" [John]
  8. "Please Don't Ask Me" [ONJ,JF]
  9. "You're the One That I Want" [ONJ,JF]
  10. "The Long And Winding Road" [AW,ONJ]
  11. "Take Me Home Country Roads" [AW,ONJ]
  12. "I Honestly Love You" [ONJ,AW]
  13. "Love Is A Gift" [ONJ,AW]
  14. "That's Life/Bad Habits" [AW,JF]
  15. "Granada" [AW,JF]
  16. "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" [AW,ONJ,JF]
  17. "Summer Nights" [AW,ONJ,JF]
  18. "If Not For You" [ONJ,AW,JF]
  19. "Let Me Be There" [ONJ,AW,JF]
  20. "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" [ONJ,AW,JF]
  21. "Jolene" [ONJ,AW,JF]
  22. "Hearts On Fire" [ONJ,AW,JF]
  23. "Don't You Know it's Magic" [ONJ,AW,JF]
  24. "You're The Voice" [JF,ONJ,AW]

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
28 October 1998 Melbourne Australia Melbourne Park
6 November 1998 Hobart Derwent Entertainment Centre
7 November 1998
16 November 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
17 November 1998
25 November 1998 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
2 December 1998 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
3 November 1998
11 December 1998 Burswood Burswood Dome
17 December 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
19 December 1998 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Broadcasts and recordings

The tour album Highlights from The Main Event went multi-platinum and won an ARIA Award for Highest Selling Australian CD.


The Lighting Design was constructed by Chris Newman, a long associate with John Farnhams crew member.and received praise from the crew, orchestra, and just about everyone else.

Producers: James Erskine, Tony Cochrane & Glenn Wheatly
Executive Producer: David Wilson
Director: Mark Adamson
Music Producer: Ross Fraiser
Recording Engineer: Doug Brady
Lighting Director: Chris Newman

The Farnham Band
Musical Director: Chong Lim
Vocals: Lindsay Field & Lisa Edwards
Drums: Angus Burchall
Bass, Vocals: Joe Creighton
Guitar: Stuart Fraiser
Saxophone/Harmonica: Steve Williams
Guest Guitar: Sam Hawksley

The Touring Orchestra
Musical Director/Conductor: Peter Casey
Concert Master: Phillip Harti
Acoustic Piano: Phil Turcio
Keyboards: Greg Riddell
Bass Guitar: James Kempster
Guitar: Sam Hawksley
Drums: Dave Beck
Percussion: Timothy Hook
Trumpet: Bob Coassin
Woodwind: Lachlan Davidson

External links

  • "The Main Event" at IMDb

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