GO­ING THE DIS­TANCE

Mu­si­cal sur­vivor Leo Sayer says talent shows have proven his voice is hard to cover, but he is happy to take it on tour with him, Richard Clap­ton, Joe Camil­leri and Rus­sell Mor­ris for some Good Times

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Pop sur­vivor Leo Sayer is turn­ing 66 next month, but he’s in no way threat­ened by to­day’s up-and-com­ers. The Bri­tish per­former, who is based in Syd­ney, says he tries to “mow down all the looka­likes” by con­tin­u­ing to tour at an age most people are re­tir­ing.

“I love my job – ab­so­lutely love it,” Sayer says. “I’m just very glad that I can still sing my own songs. I’ve al­ways liked be­ing in­di­vid­ual and unique.

“I don’t know many people who sing like me or per­form like me. They all come and go these days.”

Speak­ing ahead of his ap­pear­ance on the Gold Coast this week as part of the APIA Good Times Tour with Joe Camil­leri, Richard Clap­ton and Rus­sell Mor­ris, Sayer says he be­lieves his dis­tinc­tive voice is hard to cover.

“The funny thing is, The Voice in Eng­land at the mo­ment, this cur­rent se­ries, they seem to be cov­er­ing (my songs) ev­ery weekend, so it’s in­ter­est­ing,” he says.

“They (con­tes­tants) just about get away with do­ing the songs, but usu­ally they kind of mur­der them.”

He says to­day’s pop stars rarely en­joy the longevity of per­form­ers of the 1960s to 1980s.

“I think it’s prob­a­bly be­cause of the ma­te­rial and the songs,” he says.

“I got a bit miffed when the Scis­sor Sis­ters did Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ and I al­ready had You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and it sounded a bit like my song as well.

“The funny thing is, no­body is lis­ten­ing to that song now and they’re all still lis­ten­ing to You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. Some­thing about the mu­sic we made seems to have out­lasted our con­tem­po­raries.

“Look at the Stones, look at Spring­steen and look at Fleet­wood Mac, they’re all out­selling ev­ery­body, aren’t they? These are not cheap tick­ets (to see these bands) and it proves how much people re­ally love the mu­sic.”

Sayer, who prefers the term “legacy artist” over “nos­tal­gia artist”, says while the commercial side of the mu­sic busi­ness will al­ways try to dis­cover new young artists, he isn’t both­ered.

“It’s mostly be­cause they can ma­nip­u­late them,” he says.

“They won’t have the strong­est man­age­ment and they’ll be able to make more money out of them be­cause they may be more gullible than us and they won’t in­sist that ‘No, sorry, it’s got to be the right PA and the right lights and you can’t put me in the two-star ho­tel’.”

Hav­ing known Camil­leri, Clap­ton and Mor­ris for years, Sayer says it has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence to work to­gether.

“We’re all friends any­way so this is re­ally quite easy for us,” he says. “We’re all fans of each other. We all want to work to­gether.”

He says they will share the stage at points in the show and have some­thing spe­cial planned for the encore. The APIA Good Times Tour with Joe Camil­leri, Richard Clap­ton, Rus­sell Mor­ris and Leo Sayer plays Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, on Fri­day. elve into the imag­i­na­tion of one of Aus­tralia’s most beloved writ­ers in a new fam­ily pro­duc­tion to be staged at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast next week.

Spare Parts Pup­pet Theatre will present a mag­i­cal stage ver­sion of Tim Win­ton’s award­win­ning chil­dren’s book The Deep, tak­ing au­di­ences on a voy­age through the ocean us­ing pup­petry, mu­sic and live ac­tion per­for­mance.

The Deep tells the story of Alice, a lit­tle girl with a big fear of the ocean.

De­spite en­cour­age­ment from her belly-flop­ping mum and dad, she’s too scared to swim where the ocean turns from green to blue. How­ever, an un­sus­pect­ing swim with dol­phins opens Alice’s eyes to the beauty of life in the deep.

The 50-minute pro­duc­tion mixes beach cul­ture com­edy and fine pup­petry in an en­ter­tain­ing live theatre ex­pe­ri­ence.

Di­rected by Noriko Nishi­moto, it is suit­able for au­di­ences of all ages but per­fect for chil­dren aged five to 12.

Based around themes of brav­ery and over­com­ing ob­sta­cles, it stars Michael Bar­low, Ja­cob Lehrer, Katya Shevtsov and Shirley van San­den. The Deep plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast Tues­day at 6pm and Wed­nes­day at 10.30am.

Per­form­ers Leo Sayer (sec­ond from left), Joe Camil­leri, Richard Clap­ton and Rus­sell Mor­ris are ready for the APIA Good Times Tour.

The en­ter­tain­ing pro­duc­tion is per­fect for au­di­ences of all ages.

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