Roy Orbison tribute tour kicks off in Brisbane
SINGER-songwriter Damien Leith is gearing up to revisit the music of his idol Roy Orbison in a special The Hall of Fame Tour.
After the tour launch in Brisbane on December 14, Leith will take the show to regional Australia.
It's an opportunity for him to perform in towns he hasn't played in years, or if at all. "I'm a country boy at heart, originating from a small village in Ireland called Milltown, so regional tours are special to me" Leith said.
"Touring in regional areas around Australia is an amazing experience. I always meet great salt of 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 said he will perform songs such as In Dreams, Crying to Running Scared, Oh Pretty Woman and Blue Angel, to name a few.
"This show is a favourite of mine because, I get to celebrate Roy's incredible career," Leith said.
"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 Leith's ROY - A Tribute to Roy Orbison - The Hall of Fame Tour tickets are on sale now. His tour launch is at Brisbane's Tivoli, on December 14. For more information, go to ticketmaster.com.au