March 11, 2017, 8:00 pmBlue Mountains Theatre
REVERED SINGER-SONGWRITER DAMIEN LEITH REVISITS THE MUSIC OF ROY ORBISON IN 2017 WITH A MASSIVE REGIONAL TOUR
ROY – A TRIBUTE TO ROY ORBISON – THE HALL OF FAME TOUR
After a sold-out run of ROY – A Tribute To Roy Orbison to metropolitan centres in 2016, revered singer-songwriter Damien Leith is gearing up to revisit the music of his idol in 2017 for a special The Hall of Fame Tour. Taking the show to regional Australia, the tour is an opportunity for Damien to perform in towns he hasn’t played in years, or if at all. When the ROY show toured the capital cities earlier in the year, it was always his plan to take it on the road to country Australia.
“I’m a country boy at heart, originating from a small village in Ireland called Milltown, so regional tours are special to me” he says. “Touring in regional areas around Australia is an amazing experience. I always meet great salt to the earth people and the whole vibe and atmosphere in a show is electric. Audiences really appreciate you being there and there is always a great sense of community.”
The tour commemorates 30 years since Roy Orbison was inducted into the Rock n Roll and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Damien says he will be performing songs such as In Dreams, Crying to Running Scared, Oh Pretty Woman and Blue Angel, to name a few. The show is jam-packed with as many Roy songs that can be fitted into the set list.
“This show is a favourite of mine because, I get to stand on stage and celebrate Roy’s incredible career,” says Damien. “I don’t try to impersonate him or sound like him, its really a case of me saluting one of the all-time greatest singers. Roy’s songs are raw and real and melded together with that distinct melancholy intensity of his voice. He created a unique way of writing and delivering a song, and it’s for that reason that to this day, he continues to find new fans all over the world.”
Damien has always had a strong affinity with Roy’s music. He recorded and worked with the late Barbara Orbison and continues to write with legendary musicians in Nashville who worked with Roy throughout his career. In fact, when Damien released his album Roy – A Tribute to Roy Orbison it stayed in the ARIA Top 20 chart for 22 weeks and it was nominated for not only an ARIA award, but also sold multi-platinum.
“Since recording my Roy – A Tribute to Roy Orbison album, I have had the great honour of writing with legendary songwriter Joe Melson, who co-write Crying and Blue Bayou, and others, with Roy,” says Damien. “In a way, I am keeping in touch with Roy through Joe, who says that nothing excited him to write music since Roy until he heard my voice. So you can imagine, it is an absolute honour and privilege to work with Joe and keep Roy’s legacy alive.”
Damien’s ROY tour in April saw him visit Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Hobart – with all shows selling out. For Damien, they were an amazing experience and he is looking forward to replicating the atmosphere for the 2017 run. “I was blown away by the reaction to the six sold-out metro shows that I did earlier this year,” he says. “We had people singing, dancing and even crying. The fact that audiences were on their feet by the end of the night is the greatest compliment and feeling for any band.”