Doors Open: 7.30pm, Showtime 8.40pm (with intermission)
Premium Reserved Seats $42+bf
Reserve A Seats $33+bf
General Admission $29+bf
GA at the door $30 (if available)
Back in 1969 Joe burst onto the scene and blew everyone away with his acclaimed performance at the legendary Woodstock Festival. He and composer producer Leon Russell then joined forces for the brilliant ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ tour which was made into a hit movie and seen by millions around the world.
Later, throughout his stellar 55-year career Joe Cocker mainly sang rock, soul, reggae, blues and R&B, stamping them all with his unique sound and special talent. The world’s best producers always wanted to record with him and he moved through many styles of roots-based music and pop. He would never just cover a song he insisted on re-writing the original groove and always giving the song an amazing new feel. The Beatles loved him, and he was allowed to cover any of their songs… a rare honour!
Joe died in 2013 and “Leave Your Hat On” commenced honouring his memory that same year. The band will also be respecting the wonderful late Leon Russell… that Texan New Orleans honky tonker who as well as fantastic piano played a mean Les Paul and wrote George Benson’s biggest hit “Masquerade” among other songs. Piano player Andy Burns is a huge Leon fan and heavily influenced by his creole and New Orleans stylings so this show will be extra special.
Out front the incredible Rick Evans is backed up by a funky 12-piece R&B powerhouse made up of some of Australia’s finest musicians: Piano & MD Andy Burns, guitar Brenden Mason, drums Jeff Barnes, bass Shane Cole, hammond Michelle Johns, backing vocals Kerry Maher, Nardia Rose, Georga Byrne, trombone Tim Blamey trumpet Bryan Chetcuti and sax Jez Blamey.
This gig celebrates the legendary sound of Joe Cocker with Leon Russell. They were the “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” … and they wowed the World with their music! UNMISSABLE!