Sunday May 17th at 10:00 AM
Surf Parade Stage
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival welcomes The Black Sorrows back for their first performance at the festival since 2015!
Formed in Melbourne in 1984 by Australian music icon Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands, earning the reputation as a dynamic live act and festival favourite. Their musicianship and energy appeals to music fans everywhere. Frontman, Joe Camilleri steers the band through an infectious interplay of solid grooves that mixes blues, roots, old school R&B with flashes of jazz, country and brill building pop.
Awarded ‘living legend’ status by Rolling Stone, Joe Camilleri has kicked a staggering number of goals over his 50+ years in music as a singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer. Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows as a loose band of like-minded musicians in 1984. The independently released album Dear Children, represented a turning point for The Sorrows once CBS/Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal.
There have been hits not only in Australia but also in Europe where they still have a loyal legion of fans. The band toured Europe several times playing songs that have become radio staples like ‘Chained to the Wheel’, ‘Harley & Rose’, ‘Hold On To Me’ and ‘Stir It Up’. There have been multi-platinum albums and, collectively, sales of over two million records worldwide. The Black Sorrows, in one form or another, haven’t stopped recording or performing since Joe pulled the thing together.
Joe Camilleri is considered one of the most genuinely talented figures in Australian music. As frontman of the seminal 70’s band, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons made their mark on the Australian music landscape with their unique blend of rock ‘n’ roll, soulful sax and reggae rhythms with hits ‘Shape I’m In’, ‘So Young’ and ‘Hit and Run’. Over the years other greats have admired Camilleri’s songwriting including Elvis Costello recording ‘So Young’ in 1987 and John Denver with ‘Chained to the Wheel’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ in 1989.
The newest version of The Black Sorrows is a formidable one – Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), John McCall (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums) Joe Camilleri (vocals/guitar/sax/harp).
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