The extraordinary career and lifetime contribution of music legend Russell Morris was recently honoured with two sell out performances at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. The concerts sold out in days and the performances were so well received that an encore performance for Melbourne has been added as well as dates in Adelaide and Perth to accommodate the unprecedented demand.
Russell Morris, The Real Thing will take place at Hamer Hall on October 31, Crown Theatre Perth on Saturday November 11 and Adelaide Festival Theatre on Friday November 17.
“Performing my songs in front of a 54 piece orchestra and band in July was a career highlight that I could never have imagined. David Hirschfelder has done a spectacular job turning my songs into orchestral arrangements, they sound truly amazing!”
Two time Academy Award nominee BAFTA recipient David Hirschfelder (Shine, Elizabeth) has arranged the score for the 54 orchestra musicians and the 10-piece band that will accompany Russell as he journeys through a career that started with a remake of Joe South’s Hush and was then took off like a rocket with the rich, psychedelic rock masterpiece ‘The Real Thing’ that topped the charts as man landed on the moon in July 1969.
It will follow his various incarnations – including the hits Hush, Sweet, Sweet Love and Wings Of An Eagle – through to the acclaimed blues trilogy that began with the landmark, record breaking No.1 album ‘Sharkmouth’ in 2012. It rose to the top of the ARIA charts and stayed there two years, becoming his most successful album, and winning the 2013 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album while going platinum.