Glenn Shorrock, Little River Band, Bankstown Sports Club, live shows
Glenn Shorrock is one of the elder statesmen of Australian contemporary show business, with a music career spanning more than 50 years. He was a founding member of pop groups The Twilights and Axiom in the 60s, before having huge success here and overseas, with Little River Band in the 70s and 80s.
And he’s a long way from retirement, having just launched his new album Rise Again, which is a collection of new songs from different writers including Terry Britten, Graham Lyle, Dave Dobbyn and Glenn himself.
He says he is just as driven to create good music now, as he was back in the 60s.
“I’ve just always loved singing and the early days of rock’n’roll in the 50’s gave me that opportunity. I found that I could sing harmony and I joined with other people along my journey, and I just still really like singing.
“I got into music by accident. I was actually miming to an Elvis Presley record when I was a young boy with my teenage friends in South Australia where I grew up, and the record player broke down. I carried on singing myself and people applauded. That was the first inkling I had that I could actually do something with music”.
Some of the iconic songs Glenn has been involved in throughout his career include Little Ray of Sunshine, Help Is On Its Way, Emma and Cool Change. He says he draws a lot of his musical inspiration from his childhood.
“Artists like Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Little Richard and The Everly Brothers were big influences on me, and The Beatles of course were a huge part of my career. You know, we followed everything that they did”.
Glenn Shorrock will play in The Theatre at Bankstown Sports on Saturday, 1 July, and he’s promising a mix of old and new.
“I’ll be singing a lot of old songs from Little River Band, Axiom and Twilight, as well as some of my solo stuff. There will also be a couple of new songs in there too. The show will be what people expect; the body of work that I have produced over the years”.
Chelsea Basham grew up on the West Australian wheat belt, and is one of the most successful up-and-coming country music artists of our time. Her 2013 debut album I Make My Own Sunshine earned her three hit singles, a Golden Guitar Award and an APRA Award Nomination.
She’s just released her follow up record Youngest, which is a collection of beachy, soul, folk tunes that she will perform at Bankstown Sports as a curtain-raiser to Glenn Shorrock’s show.
Chelsea says she is very excited to be supporting Glenn.
“I’ve actually been lucky enough to have worked with Glenn a few times over the past 10 years, and it’s so awesome that legends of the industry like him are taking new artists under their wing. It’s reassuring to be on the road with an artist like him and I guess it’s a bit of encouragement and a bit of a boost for your own career”.
Chelsea says her job is to warm up the crowd for Glenn, and she’s hoping to get everyone in a good mood.
“I play the guitar and the mandolin, which I think is the happiest instrument you can play. You just can’t write a sad song on a mandolin! I want everyone to be ready for Glenn when he steps out on stage”.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
The Theatre – Bankstown Sports Club
Show starts 8pm.