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
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.