Leith to pay trib­ute to Roy Or­bi­son

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Af­ter a sold-out run of Roy – A Trib­ute To Roy Or­bi­son to met­ro­pol­i­tan cen­tres in 2016, revered singer-song­writer Damien Leith is gear­ing up to re­visit the mu­sic of his idol in 2017 for a spe­cial The Hall of Fame Tour.

Tak­ing the show to re­gional Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Horsham’s Wes­ley Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on March 3, the tour is an op­por­tu­nity for Leith to per­form in towns he hasn’t played in years – if at all.

When the Roy show toured cap­i­tal cities ear­lier in the year, it was al­ways his plan to take it on the road to coun­try Aus­tralia.

“I’m a coun­try boy at heart, orig­i­nat­ing from a small vil­lage in Ire­land called Mill­town, so re­gional tours are spe­cial to me,” he said.

“Tour­ing in re­gional ar­eas is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I al­ways meet great salt-of-the-earth peo­ple and the whole vibe and at­mos­phere in a show is elec­tric.

“Au­di­ences re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate you be­ing there and there is al­ways a great sense of com­mu­nity.”

The tour com­mem­o­rates 30 years since Roy Or­bi­son was in­ducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll and Song­writ­ers’ Hall of Fame.

Leith said he would per­form songs such as In Dreams, Cry­ing to Run­ning Scared, Oh Pretty Woman and Blue An­gel, to name a few.

He said the show was jam­packed with as many Or­bi­son songs he could fit into the set list.

“This show is a favourite of mine be­cause I get to stand on stage and cel­e­brate Roy’s in­cred­i­ble ca­reer,” he said.

“I don’t try to im­per­son­ate him or sound like him – it’s re­ally a case of me salut­ing one of the all-time great­est singers.

“Roy’s songs are raw and real and melded to­gether with that dis­tinct melan­choly in­ten­sity of his voice.

“He cre­ated a unique way of writ­ing and de­liv­er­ing a song, and it’s for that rea­son that to this day, he con­tin­ues to find new fans all over the world.”

Damien Leith’s Roy – A Trib­ute to Roy Or­bi­son – The Hall of Fame Tour tick­ets are on sale now.

Peo­ple want­ing more in­for­ma­tion can visit web­site www.wes­ley­pac.com.au.

Damien Leith

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