Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFE STYLE - Danielle Jarvis

COUN­TRY singer John Den­ver’s trou­bled per­sonal life is set to be ex­am­ined along­side his public per­sona in a show at Pan­thers next month.

The John Den­ver Story will show­case the mu­si­cal tri­umphs of the 1970s’ singer/song­writer and will be per­formed by Rick Price and the Colorado Quar­tet.

Price learned a lot about the man be­hind hits like Leav­ing on a Jet Plane and Take Me Home Coun­try Roads through read­ing the script.

“It sur­prised me that he con­tin­ued to try to main­tain his mar­riage when he was trav­el­ling so much and I was sur­prised by the amount of hu­man­i­tar­ian work he did be­fore it was fash­ion­able,” Price said.

“It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence to tell John’s story, singing his songs and to see how the au­di­ence re­sponds to that. It’s been a great sort of ex­cur­sion for me.”

The con­cert, which is not a trib­ute show with im­per­son­ations, has been a hit with Den­ver fans.

“It’s al­most like a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion for them to the mu­sic that they love. I want peo­ple to leave the show feel­ing up­lifted and in­formed.”

Known for his own hits such as Heaven Knows and Just Walk Away Re­nee, Price had fin­ished tour­ing Europe and Asia with fel­low Aus­tralian icon Tommy Em­manuel, when he was in­vited to present the show.

Price will per­form 20 of Den­ver’s great­est hits and will nar­rate his life story.

Aside from the Den­ver show, the Price will re­lease his next al­bum in July.

Rick Price will per­form The John Den­ver Story at Pan­thers next month.

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