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Mo for a Chip Off the Old Rocker

Wednesday, June 24, 1998

David Campbell and Mo ... "I've been blessed with this amazing life and this amazing father."

Singer David Campbell will fly back to New York next week with his first Mo Award and memories of an increasingly close relationship with his father, rock singer Jimmy Barnes.

"We've got a very good relationship at the moment," said 24-year old Campbell yesterday. "We were talking about it ... I was the product of a one-night stand, yet I've been blessed with this amazing life and this amazing father."

Campbell's role in the Australian production of Les Miserables won him the Mo for supporting musical theatre performer last night. Other winners at the 23rd Annual Mo Awards - held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in front of 1,000 people - included pop group Human Nature (Australian Performer of the Year), Tap Dogs (Australian Showbusiness Ambassador of the Year), Hugh Jackman (Male Musical Theatre Performer), and Kelley Abbey (Female Musical Theatre Performer).

Named after Australian clown Roy Rene's character "Mo" McCackie, the Mo Awards honour excellence in live performance. Other winners included The Whitlams (Rock Performers of the Year), Troy Cassar-Daley (Male Country Performer) and Felicity (Female Country Performer).

It topped off an extraordinary few months for Campbell. He recently returned from London where he sang for the Queen at a concert saluting Cameron Mackintosh's productions.

If I won an Oscar it still might pale in comparison to meeting the Queen and doing this amazing performance."

By RICHARD JINMAN, Entertainment Writer SMH
Photo by ROBERT PEARCE