It’s that time of year again and Richard Clapton, Australia’s most prolific and iconic singer-songwriter, is gearing up for his 5th (yes, 5th!) annual State Theatre trip down memory lane, this time with a twist as he previews new material from his upcoming album scheduled for release in mid-July.
A former commercial artist, Richard Clapton, started his musical career in the late 60’s but it wasn’t until the early 70’s that he had his first big hit, Girls on the Avenue, which was originally earmarked as a “B” side. “Girls” went on to reach No. 2 on the national charts and put Richard firmly on the musical map.
Richard’s annual State Theatre escapades are now in their 5th year with each one a bigger, and better, celebration than the last. They first started in 2008 when Richard held a one off concert to celebrate 35 years in the music industry and which turned into two sold out shows featuring some of his best mates including Jon Farris. In 2009, Clapton showcased his pivotal 1977 album Goodbye Tiger with 2 sold-out shows (which included his old friend, Ian Moss), and in 2010 fans were asked to help put their ultimate set list together for his Acoustic v. Electric show, featuring Diesel. Last year’s show carried on the tradition with a sold out audience kicking their heels up to his Great Escape album show.
The pairing of this iconic venue and performer has produced some truly magical evenings and this year’s Past Hits and Previews show will be no exception. Songs like I Am An Island, The Best Years of Our Lives, Capricorn Dancer, Girls on the Avenue, Glory Road, Goodbye Tiger, Trust Somebody, Get Back to the Shelter, Down in the Lucky Country as well as a snippet of songs from his first studio album release in 8 years, will have you singing along from start to finish.
Richard Clapton’s music is a bona fide soundtrack to a generation and to see and hear him live is one of the most enjoyable trips down memory lane any music fan can have.
Come along to the State Theatre on Saturday, 18 August, 2012 for your chance to see one of our true national treasures but we warn you, be ready to sing out loud. You won’t be able to help yourself.
Past Hits and Previews
State Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, 18 August, 2012
Tickets on sale from 9.00am, Monday, 4 June, 2012