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JOE COCKER (article first published : 2004-08-14)

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

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

“This show has been on ice for quite a while now,” says Stuart, “complete with live horns. 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 comprising Russell Scott on trumpet, Maxine Matthews on sax and flute, and David Solomon on trombone. Musical direction is by 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, and pint sized powerhouse, Nomi Zondi handling 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 18 and is scheduled to run until October 9.

Bookings on 031 332 1086. Corporate and block bookings from Karen on 072 360 5503.




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