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Who can it be now? Colin Hay books Civic Theatre gig

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If you don’t know the name Colin Hay, you’ve been living under a rock for the past four decades.

An icon of the Australian music industry, and former frontman for Men At Work, he remains as relevant today as his timeless classics.

And, Newcastle audiences are in for a treat when he takes the stage at the Civic Theatre on Saturday 6 July.

Over the past two years, the “Colin Hay effect” has created waves across continents and generations.

2022 saw the release of his 15th studio album Now And The Evermore, a solo tour of the UK, a US odyssey with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band and a long-awaited run of individual dates in Australia.

In November 2022, Down Under was recognised by APRA for its streaming success and prized with its esteemed Billions Award, marking one billion streams for the acclaimed song.

The hit had dominated the airwaves again earlier in the year with Luude’s reimagined drum ’n’ bass cut reaching number 5 in the UK’s top 40 and number 2 in the ARIA charts. 

In addition to this celebration of the iconic anthem, a rendition by King Stingray sung in Yolngu Matha soundtracked the 2022 global Tourism Australia campaign.

Soon to follow, triple j darlings Lime Cordiale took to the studio with a tribute single to Hay suitably titled Colin, which featured a cameo from the artist and received accolades from music bloggers across the nation.

In 2023, he was summoned back to Australia to receive APRA’s Ted Albert Award for outstanding services to Australian music.

There is no arguing that the prolific storyteller and songman has had an extraordinary couple of years and anyone who has witnessed his stage presence will tell you that the experience is both endearing and intoxicating.

His formative years with seminal outfit Men At Work, with tracks like Who Can It Be Now and Overkill, led him to be one of the most celebrated acts in the country.

While audiences have enjoyed the intimacy of Hay’s solo performances and critics have likened it to having a drink with an old mate, witnessing the seamless musicality of his band of vocal/instrumental geniuses is something to behold.

The LA-based collective is known for its tight arrangements that generate a soulful and often Caribbean-inspired soundtrack to his lyrics.  

This time around, Hay is returning with the band, including, from Cuba, San Miguel Perez (guitar/tres/vocals), Yosmel Montejo (bass/vocals) and Jimmy Branly (drums).

Rounding out the front line is Peru’s own Cecilia Noël (percussion/vocals) and Grammy Award-winning Scheila Gonzalez (keyboard/flute/sax/vocals) whose family hails from Guatemala. 

These musicians are legends in their own right and the opportunity to see them in action should not be missed.

Tickets are available at www.colinhay.com/tour/

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