Iconic Aussie band ready for Gladstone this weekend
WITHOUT a set list, and possibly his health, blues musician Joe Camilleri will perform in Gladstone this week, but he's not worried.
The seasoned musician has come down with the flu, but he is confident his "witch doctor", a Chinese herbalist, will be able to fix him up before his show.
Now working on his 48th album for The Black Sorrows, Camilleri says writing and creating music is still a challenge.
He is determined not to fall in to the category of the old-school musician that still rides the waves of hits made 40 years ago.
"A lot of older bands rely on their past and that scares the living daylights out of me," he said.
"The way I see it, you have to attract the people who love you for your hits, but you also need to keep on taking them on a journey.
"It's a juggling act."
At the helm, Camilleri steers The Black Sorrows through an energetic interplay of solid grooves and well- crafted songs.
The singer takes pride in his live shows, never creating a set list or a plan, instead he caters to what he thinks the audience will respond best to.
"I want to take chances.
"The band has my back, I hate that phrase, but it's true, they're right there.
"We all know the songs inside out but we choose not to play the song as written, within reason.
"We're there to be free and express our feelings. "I think it's imperative to be able to do different things as a musician," he said.
Writer of milestone Australian songs such as So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I'm In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel, Never Let Me Go and the Chosen Ones, Joe Camilleri's music has become part of Australian music culture.
And after 50 years of being in the music industry, his love and passion for it is still as strong as the day he started.
"I get joy from making music.
"I still do this because I love it.
"It makes me feel like I'm attached to the planet."
Saturday night The Black Sorrows show will be at the Harvey Road Tavern.
Tickets are available at moshtix.com.au and are $29.
Doors open at 8pm.