Sayer of­fers ex­clu­sive treat

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

War­ragul au­di­ences are in for an ex­clu­sive treat when Leo Sayer per­forms at the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 at 7.30pm.

Speak­ing to the Gazette, Sayer said his busy sched­ule meant the show, ti­tled “Best Of”, would only be per­formed at War­ragul and The Palms at Crown be­fore he takes time off to write his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Sayer said he was look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing in the re­de­vel­oped War­ragul venue.

“I love play­ing that place any­way, es­pe­cially for my show. They let peo­ple get up and dance as well.”

“It’s a great part of the world for me. I al­ways love coun­try au­di­ences be­cause they are real peo­ple. They de­serve to have a good time.”

Asked about his play list, Sayer said it was a case of see­ing what fits in. He said Christ­mas songs are out but all the hits and a few songs from the new al­bum “Selfie” to be re­leased in early 2019 are in.

“There are songs in there that you just can’t leave out be­cause they are au­di­ence favourites,” he said.

Bring­ing his all-star band, the leg­endary hit­maker has many songs from his 40-year plus ca­reer to se­lect from, in­clud­ing tracks like the Grammy Award win­ning “You Make Me Feel Like Danc­ing” and global num­ber ones such as “Thun­der In My Heart”, “When I Need You”, “More Than I Can Say” and “Long Tall Glasses”.

De­spite be­ing told “pop mu­sic is a young guy’s game”, Sayer puts his longevity down to be­ing part of such a spe­cial era in mu­sic.

Be­ing an artist at a time when Bob Dy­lan, Mick Jag­ger, Paul Mc­Cart­ney and El­ton John have ex­celled, he be­lieves “the au­di­ence has grown up ex­pect­ing this mu­sic to carry on, they don’t want it to stop”.

“How do you stop? You can’t stop re­ally be­cause the mu­sic lives on. I love do­ing it but I’m al­ways a lit­tle bit sur­prised at the de­mand in a way. It wasn’t sup­posed to be like this.”

Sayer has a hec­tic 2019 ahead with 15 new shows re­cently an­nounced, his new al­bum “Selfie” ready to go, and his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy due in spring.

All tick­ets to Leo Sayer’s “Best Of” con­cert at War­ragul are $62.70.

For book­ings or fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre box-of­fice on 5624 2456 or visit wgac.org.au.

Right: The charis­matic Leo Sayer will per­form an ex­clu­sive en­ergy packed show at the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre filled with all his hits and a few new songs on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 at 7.30pm.

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