You can catch the APIA Good Times Tour in Melbourne on Friday, May 30 at the Palais Theatre.
APIA is a seniors’ insurance agency and last year it decided to do something a little different to other insurance companies – it mounted a national concert tour headlined by four rockers aged in the target demographic. It was called the Time of My Life Tour and saw iconic Aussie musicians Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, James Reyne and Ross Wilson hit the road to a fabulous reception.
The tour was so successful that APIA has mounted another tour this year, called the Good Times tour.. Joe Camilleri is back and this time is joined by Leo Sayer, Richard Clapton and Russell Morris.
Target demographic these gentlemen certainly are and if they had grown up and got a real job just like their parents would have told them, they could now be sitting on the retirement scrapheap… but here they are, with 260 years of inexperience and musical background between them, still rocking the house.
There are three ARIA Hall of Famers and there would have been four if Leo Sayer was Australian, rather than choosing to make it his home. There will certainly be a lot of the hits like Never Let Me Go, Chained to the Wheel, Shape I’m In and Harley & Rose from Joe Camilleri … Leo Sayer has had a string of hots from One Man Band to When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing… Richard Clapton is synonymous with Goodbye Tiger and Girls on the Avenue and Russell Morris has had many, many hits like Sweet Sweet Love, Wings of an Eagle and The Real Thing. Incidentally, Morris’s biggest selling album was Sharkmouth (2013) and this year’s album Van Diemen’s Land is already going gangbusters sitting at Number 4 on the Australian charts.
If you are travelling out of town for the APIA Good Times tour in Canberra and would like to stay with people who understand that you never really have to grow up, Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston are on hand to make you welcome.