This Friday 18 September, 64 years after he started his career, Lonnie celebrates his 80th Birthday.
The Victorian Seniors Festival has a proud history with this Australian rock’n’roll icon. Although we can’t visit him, we wanted to pass on our best wishes, a video of his performance and interview with Kate Robertson at this year’s Festival reimagined.
More than sixty years on, Australian rockabilly pioneer Lonnie Lee still performs with the same passion he brought to the stage as a 15-year-old, with his pedometer showing he travels up to eight kilometres across the stage during a 90 minute show.
The 80-year-old says he feels blessed to thrive on performing to audiences when he travels around Australia, playing to packed out auditoriums.
‘I guess it’s like finding a love that lasts you your whole lifetime,’ Lonnie says.
His fans have been faithful too, including those who have enjoyed his Victorian Seniors Festival performances over the years.
‘I see real joy in their eyes when I look down from the stage. It’s like I’m in a time machine — I can go back 60 years and see those same people down there as young girls and young guys, twisting around.’
… and, there can't be any greater gift than having another human being like what you're doing.’
Happy birthday, Lonnie. In your words, you truly are a “real gone cat”.
You can watch Lonnie’s 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined performance here.
Here’s just a couple of our favourite pics of Lonnie from previous Victorian Seniors Festival.
Lonnie Lee’s 24/7 radio station plays over 500 of his tracks nonstop and he is streaming a new shows 4 times a day, 7 days a week, across 5 platforms.
For more information, visit www.rocknrolltheatre.com