Rock music is often heard coming from the room of Carinity Fairfield Grange aged care resident, Arthur Willetts.
When he was younger, Arthur loved hanging out in Sydney record stores and attending concerts. He has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of classic rock music.
His favourite artists range from Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Kinks and Warren Zevon, to Frank Zappa, Metallica, Rammstein, Chopin and Pavarotti.
“Me and my mate used to go to all the concerts. We saw Duke Ellington in Kings Cross, in a rock ‘n’ roll venue where the stage would revolve,” Arthur said.
“I saw Rolling Stones, Status Quo, 10CC, Jethro Tull – I saw them eight times. I would go to shows any time a band came out.”
Arthur is such a huge music fan that when he was downsizing in preparation for his move to Townsville, he sold $6,500 worth of his vinyl records.
“I used to buy a record, take it home and play it. If I really liked it I would keep it and if I didn’t, I would sell it,” he said.
Growing up in Punchbowl, Arthur used to catch the train to Belmore to attend Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league games. He also supports the Western Sydney Wanderers soccer team – and has a tattoo of the club logo to prove it.
Arthur, who fixed elevators and escalators for a living, says having Dawn Fraser present him an award for playing soccer was “one of the great pleasures of my life”.
As well as listening to rock music and going to concerts, Arthur enjoyed riding motorcycles including Harley Davidsons.