Hello, from a rather blustery day in beautiful Melbourne town. I’ve been touring off and on since around 1991, making records, and trying to get them noticed. Radio airplay for new material has proved very challenging, so touring “live” has been my approach, old fashioned, quite analog, time consuming, but necessary, and effective. It is connecting, and provides nourishment for the soul. I am done for the time being. I’m going to spend next year writing and recording, and playing the odd gig here and there. I’d like to thank all those who made it out to a show, I literally couldn’t do it without you. I was going to write more, as there is so much to consider, as the sun sets on this year, but I want coffee, and that’s something that this town has down. That, and bi-polar like weather. Fantastic place.
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Newly recorded version of iconic anthem ‘Down Under’ to be used as the centerpiece of Telstra’s Olympic Games Advertising Campaign
A newly recorded version of the iconic Men at Work song “Down Under” will be released globally on Compass Records in celebration of the song’s 30th year anniversary. Colin Hay re-recorded the song without the “Kookaburra” flute line which is the subject of a drawn out and embittered lawsuit in Australia. The track will be released as part of an EP (available on iTunes July 31st) which will include three versions of the song: the newly recorded studio version, a solo acoustic version and a live, solo, story-song version in which Hay humorously describes how he wrote song. The three track EP will be released exclusively through iTunes with the single “Down Under 2012″ available through other digital outlets including compassrecords.com.
I met Greg Ham 40 years ago, at Kim Gyngell’s house in 1972. Last year of high school. He had blond hair, rosy cheeks, ridiculously bright eyes, and along with Gyngell, was the funniest person I knew. He was sharp, real sharp. We were friends from then on, we liked each other. He lived for a while in Park Street in St Kilda, in a communal household, which was the best of times. The best parties ever. Greg took up the saxophone and flute during this time, he was always practicing. He got really good. We shared countless, unbelievably memorable times together, from stumbling through Richmond after playing the Cricketers Arms, to helicoptering into New York City, to appear on Saturday Night Live, or flying through dust storms in Arizona, above the Grand Canyon, or getting lost, driving aimlessly through the Gippsland countryside. We played in a band and conquered the world together. I love him very much. He’s a beautiful man. He never lost his love and passion for music, and indeed taught music to kids over the last few years. He was a great teacher, and they loved him. The saxophone solo on “Who Can It Be Now”, was the rehearsal take. We kept it, that was the one. He’s here forever.
I’m thinking about his family, and hoping they are receiving the love and support they need and deserve.
In response to fan demand, we are releasing a limited edition version of GATHERING MERCURY on 180 gram vinyl.
The first 50 people who pre-order GATHERING MERCURY on vinyl will receive an autographed copy!
We’ve kicked off the Colin Hay 2012 Spring U.S. Tour. We hope you’ll join us for a special evening of music over the next two months! For complete tour dates and ticket information, click HERE.
Colin was recently in the studio with Jon Faine & Christine Nixon on 774 ABC Melbourne to chat & perform “Dear Father.” Listen to the entire interview and performance HERE. The segment is a little more than half way through the clip.
After sold out launch shows here earlier this year to support the release of his acclaimed album ‘Gathering Mercury’ Colin Hay has gone from strength to strength in North America, selling out venues across the continent. This summer he returns to Australia for his biggest solo tour here in many years.
Colin Hay is a master of the one-man show. Armed with an acoustic guitar, his rich memorable voice, and decades of road experience, Hay is an entertainer in the true sense of the word. His show takes his audience on a journey through song and stories and if the reviews from his recent tour in the United States are anything to go by, that journey will be an experience not to be missed.
“Hay is a master storyteller of the hilarious kind. Mostly talking about the early days, his family, and life in America, Hay had the crowd doubling over with laughter for what seemed like half the show. Yes, we paid to hear that pure, raspy voice sing those incredible songs, but this was like getting two shows in one.” Kevin Triebsch, The Atlanta Music Examiner.
“Hay is funnier than most stand-up comedians, so he’ll split your sides and then drop a heartbreaking ditty on you.” The Houston Chronicle
The set list for his solo shows is meshed together with new tunes from ‘Gathering Mercury’, tracks from his extensive catalogue as a solo song writer and, of course, from his time with the monumentally successful Men At Work. There is a subtle thread through the show, which bonds the audience and performer. You’ll get more than you thought you’d get, and then at the end, you’ll want more still.
“I’ve been singing, playing guitar, writing songs, and trying to entertain people since I was 14 years old.” Coin said. “I feel, at the present time, that I may, on any given night, be getting the hang of it!” Read more