For Greg Gould, performing at Lizotte’s this week is a chance to reconnect with a crowd he has missed since the introduction of restrictions.
On Friday, Gould, with the help of fellow performer and friend, Melanie Lewin and musicians Michael Tan and Fletcher Pillon will take to the Lizotte’s stage with his number one album, 1998.
The 90s duets album features unique covers of songs from the year, 1998, with both national and international artists joining Gould behind the mic.
The 2013 Australia’s Got Talent runner up had plans to release the album in 2018 but, when his step-mum was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer with three months to live, he took a break from recording.
About six months later, it was this loss that prompted Gould to finish the album for a charity close this his heart, the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
“It’s brought out parts of me that I didn’t know were there,” he said.
The Novocastrian told Newcastle Weekly his upcoming performance at Lizotte’s was a long time coming.
“It’s going to be nice to be able to connect with an actual audience,” he said.
“I’ve done so many shows at Lizotte’s, but this is actually my first time back in Newcastle after about three or four years.”
Gould said music and the arts had been one of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic.
“The first day that restrictions came in, $10,000 was out of my pocket and I just had to say good bye,” he said.
“I am fortunate enough that I work, I teach children with disability music, so I have a day job, but a lot of artists are unemployed.”
He said it was important to back those in the industry.
“Share their music and livestreams, and as soon as venues open get tickets if you can,” he said.
“I know it is a hard time for people but if you are able to financially support someone in that way please go out and see the shows.”
For tickets to his show on 19 June, go to the Live n Cookin’ @ Lizotte’s website.
While there is limited capacity within the restaurant, tickets can also be purchased to join a live stream of the show.