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The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) are releasing the ‘Tour Of Duty’ ‘Desk Tape’ album in time for Anzac Day next week. The ‘Tour Of Duty’  ‘Desk Tape’ was the Christmas concert for the troops in Dili East Timor on 21st December 1999. It was meant as a thank-you to the troops whose duties kept them away from their families in Australia during Christmas celebrations. The show, to 4,000 troops and local civilians, featured John Farnham, Doc Neeson, Kylie Minogue, Gina Jeffreys and her record producer husband Rod McCormack, James Blundell, The Living End, Dili Allstars and the RMC Band, and hosted by Roy Slaven and H. G. Nelson (John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver).

The star-studded International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) Tour of Duty Xmas Concert for the Troops, LIVE in Dili, East Timor 1999 is the 40th release of the Australian Road Crew Association’s (ARCA) Desk Tape Series.

The Series was created by ARCA to raise badly-needed finances for Support Act’s Roadies Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well-being services for roadies and crew in crisis.

Over 40+ artists have now thrown their hats in the ring to help support those in need.

The Desk Tape Series recordings are made off the sound desk by a crew or production member – in this case front of house sound was mixed by sound engineer Grant Walsh – recorded by Doug Brady – and released on ARCA’s Black Box Records through MGM Distribution and on all major streaming services.

The Tour of Duty Xmas Concert for the Troops,

LIVE in Dili, East Timor 21-12-1999.

John Farnham
Doc Neeson
Kylie Minogue
Gina Jeffreys
James Blundell
The Living End
The John Farnham Band
The Dili Allstars
The RMC Army Band
Roy and H.G

Lisa Edwards
Stuart Fraser
Joe Creighton
Chong Lim
Lindsay Field
Angus Burchall
Steve Williams
Jack Jones

1 You’re The Voice – All Artists
2 ​I Just Wanna Be With You – Doc Neeson
3 Shadow Boxer – Doc Neeson
4 She’s So Fine / Sorry – John Farnham and Doc Neeson
​5 No Secrets – Doc Neeson and The Living End
6 Mambo No.5 – R.M.C.(Royal Marine Corps) Band
7 Silent Night – Rachael Starkey and the R.M.C Band
8 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Gina Jeffreys
9 Dancing With Elvis – Gina Jeffreys
10 Libertade – Dili All Stars
11 Way Out West – James Blundell
12 Chain Reaction – John Farnham
13 Have A Little Faith – John Farnham
14 Playing To Win – John Farnham
15 Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) – John Farnham
16 That’s Freedom – John Farnham
17 You’ll Never Walk Alone – John Farnham
18 Shout – John Farnham & Kylie Minogue4
19 Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
20 All Torn Down -The Living End
21 West End Riots – The Living End
22 Jingle Bell Rock – Kylie Minogue and The Living End
23 It’s A Long Way To The Top – All Artists
24 Take A Long Line – All Artists
25 Will I Ever See Your Face Again – All Artists
26 I Still Call Australia Home – All Artists


Grant Walsh (front of house sound)
Chris Newman (lighting director)
John Henderson (monitors)
Gary Radbourne (keyboards tech)
Barry Woods (guitar tech)
Frank Iskra (drum tech)
Pat Pickett (stage)
Wayne Rafferty (stage)
Michael Kent (rigger safety officer)
Ross Clunes (rigger safety officer)
Doug Brady (Audio OB engineer)
Frank Greer (World Stages)
Tom Wilkins (stage builder)

Jands crew –
Greg Rosman
Bob Daniels
Rohan Goss
Aaron Woznicki
Glenn Williams

The Tour of Duty Xmas Concert for the Troops, LIVE in Dili, East Timor 21-12-1999 live tape and all the ARCA Desk Tape Series recordings are available through Black Box Records – ARCA ( and the following:

Apple Music / iTunes
Black Box Records
MGM Distribution
YouTube Music

“Tour of Duty – Xmas Concert For The Troops” was a benefit concert held on December 21, 1999 in Dili, East Timor, for the Australian troops serving with the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET).


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