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JOE COCKER (article first published : 2004-08-6)

Hot on the heels of the runaway success show “ABBA”, The Dockyard Theatre will present Joe Cocker, with a little Help from his Friends.

This production will showcase the music of Joe Cocker, naturally and the “friends” will include the music of bands like Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Earth Wind & Fire, as well as singers such as lookalike Aretha Franklin, Phil Collins, Wilson Pickett, and Tina Turner.

“This show has been on ice for quite a while now - complete with live horns,” says Stuart May, who is in charge of shows at The Dockyard. “And this time I’ve recruited a young and vibey brass section to augment the regular Dockyard Show Band which will pack a real punch.”

The band will be made up of keyboard whiz Musa Mtetwa, bass player Glen Turrell, drummer Ian Webster, a three-piece brass section consisting of Russell Scott on trumpet, Kirsty Madgin on sax, and David Solomon on trombone all under the musical direction of veteran guitarist, former 4 Jacks and a Jill original, Bruce Boome.

Singing the Joe Cocker Classics will be Stuart himself, making a welcome return to the role of frontline vocalist after sidelining himself in the ABBA show. Joining Stuart on lead vocals are the ever popular Clive Gumede, last seen in Stuart’s Bee Gees show where he wowed audiences with his fabulous falsetto. Pint sized powerhouse, Nomi Zondi, will handle the Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin songs.

As with all Stuart Mey’s productions, Joe Cocker, With a Little Help From His Friends promises to reproduce the original artist’s sound with the usual accuracy. The show commences at the Dockyard Theatre on August 19 and is scheduled to run until October 9. Tickets R75 with an optional meal at R55. For bookings phone the Dockyard on 031 332 1086.




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