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Colin Hay, best known as the frontman for Australian hit makers Men at Work, is receiving continued accolades for his troubadour-style solo performances spanning the last 30 years, with the release of his 13th and critically acclaimed album Fierce Mercy, as well as currently touring the world as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr band.
Colin returns to Australia with his Los Angeles based band, including, from Cuba, SanMiguel Perez (guitar/tres/vocals), Yosmel Montejo (bass/vocals) and Jimmy Branly (drums). Rounding out the front line of the band, is Peru’s own Cecilia Noël (percussion/vocals) and Scheila Gonzalez (keyboard/flute/sax/vocals) whose family hails from Guatemala. All these musicians are the real deal and are legends in their own right.
"Musically, Hay gives a bit of all of his career in the setlist and a lot of who he is personally between the songs… The show is like catching up with an old friend." - Noise 11
The 2010's have been breakout years for this career artist and has included performances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live and ABC’s Greatest Hits; sharing the stage with Of Monsters and Men, Milk Carton Kids, Choir Choir Choir!, Kings of Leon; being publicly cited as an influence by artists as distinct as James Hetfield (Metallica), Jeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and The Infamous Stringdusters; as well as the completion of a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life, named for one of his best known solo recordings. Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both ’80s fame and a growing cross generational audience, it's possible that Hay is having the time of his life.
Alongside the thoughtful storytelling in his songs, Hay’s shows are peppered with hilarious anecdotes from his, often surreal, experiences in the world of rock music.
"Touring the land of the wombat and smashed avo toast is one of life’s great joys. Since we were last there, the Cubans have been hassling me, and asking when we’re going back. As it happens, we’re coming back in April ‘19, delightedly so I may add, and more than likely coming to a city within striking distance of where you be. We’re a touring band, and touring is what we love to do; it’s a way of life”, Colin Hay said. “Come join us for a good night out, what’s better than that?"
Opening the show will be the celestial Cecilia Noël.
Cecilia Noël is a bandleader, and enjoyed legendary status in Los Angeles and beyond, during the 90’s and 2000s. This was an Afro-Cuban inspired, salsoul funk extravaganza - a unique band, fronted by a uniquely talented woman, from the streets of Lima Peru. She is passionate, flamboyant, exotic, and most of all, a true music artist. Her last album, Havana Rocks, won the Cuban Grammy (Cubadisco), for Best International Album. She lights up every stage she steps on, and will open these shows with a mix of both traditional and original contemporary songs.
Easter Sunday night rocking in Brisbane…
“Hay is more than a master musician; he is a master storyteller… There’s more to Hay than the Grammy-winning, world-beating rock band of yesteryear. These days, there is no retention. There is just the music, stripped to its primal form. And the stories. Don't forget the stories” - BrisbaneTimes.com.au
Please note while Colin’s music is appropriate for all ages, his live shows contain adult language and content which may not be suitable for children under the age of 13.