Leith to pay tribute to Roy Orbison
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.