New Album: The Black Sorrows & Joe Camilleri

The Black Sorrows have just released their 17th album in the year marking Joe Camilleri’s 50 years in show business.
‘Certified Blue’, the new Black Sorrows album is a masterpiece. This is easily Joe’s strongest album since ‘Hold On To Me’ and most passionate since ‘Dear Children’.
Facing 50 years of being one of the hardest working musicians in the Australian music business has given Joe a creative surge. ‘Certified Blue’ has all positive elements spread over his previous 15 Black Sorrows albums condensed into one record.
The country-tinged ‘Until I Make You Mine’ recalls The E Street Band while the powerful ‘rock track ‘Can’t Give Up On You’ harks back to Joe’s own ‘Never Let Me Go’ and ‘Man Of Straw’ would fit right into Nashville. Blues, Jazz, Country, Roots, RnB, and Americana all get a spotlight on ‘Certified Blue’.
‘Certified Blue’ is also a stunning presentation. The album is available as a coloured 12 inch vinyl with added CD version.
Joe wrote the songs with his longtime songwriting partner Nick Smith and recorded with the Black Sorrows band featuring Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), John McAll (keyboards/vocals) and Angus Burchall (drums).
The Black Sorrows will perform at Bluesfest, Bryon Bay over Easter and then head to Norway for three shows at the end of April.
The ‘Certified Blue’ album is available from

Zoo Twilights 2012!

The Melbourne Zoo has put out an impressive lineup of stars for the upcoming Zoo Twilights in 2012. Some of the countries best talent joins together for this one off special performance surrounded by the zoo animals. Big names to feature will be that of Washington, The Black Sorrows, Joe Camilleri, Gurrumul, James Reyne, Marcia Hines, Vanessa Amorosi, Kasey Chambers and Kate Ceberano! Tickets on sale now!
Saturday 21 January – Washington with Big Scary
Sunday 22 January – James Morrison Quintet with Paul Williamsons Hammond Combo
Saturday 28 January – Kate Ceberano with Jade MacRae
Sunday 29 January – BABBA
Saturday 4 February – Kasey Chambers with Bill Chambers
Sunday 5 February – The Pink Show
Saturday 11 February – The Beautiful Girls with The Fearless Vampire Killers
Sunday 12 February – Marcia Hines with Bonnie Anderson
Saturday 18 February – James Reyne & Band & Daryl Braithwaite
Sunday 19 February – Marina Prior & Friends with special guest Kane Alexander 
Saturday 25 February – Vanessa Amorosi with Zoophyte
Sunday 26 February – Wendy Stapleton Swingin’ 60s
Saturday 3 March – Lior
Sunday 4 March – BABBA
Saturday 10 March – Gurrumul with Dewayne Everettsmith
Sunday 11 March – Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull
Saturday 17 March – RocKwiz Live –Salutes the Animals with hosts Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis


She gave us a string of hits with Fleetwood Mac, but now Stevie Nicks is returning to Australia with Eurythmics front man Dave Stewart for a performance at Melbourne’s Myer Music Bowl on November 19, followed by a gig at Mornington Race-course on November 20. The new album titled In Your Dreams is out now, also produced by Dave Stewart and features the tracks Secret Love and Cheaper Than Free. A series of new dates have been announced for the US, with the setlist featuring a few Stevie gems…. Stand Back, Rhiannon and Dreams. Tickets for the Melbourne show are available from Ticketmaster on 136 100 from July 6th. 
John Farnham is also touring the land Down Under. Love him or hate him, the man has been part of the Aussie wireless since ‘cookie was an egg‘. We got hits such as Sadie (The Cleaning Lady), Touch Of Paradise, Two Strong Hearts, Age of Reason, Pressure Down and the biggest tune for John to date, Your The Voice. Farnham has been on and off stage declaring it would be his last, but the icon from OZ refuses to give up. This time, John Farnham will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Australia’s highest ever selling album Whispering Jack. In October, the album will mark 25 years since hitting number one in 1986 and 1987 for 6 months – an extraordinary achievement. Tickets for his shows at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne have been selling fast, here is where you can catch Farnsie.

Whispering Jack 25 Years On

Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 October – 
AEC Theatre, Adelaide

Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October – 
State Theatre, Sydney

Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 November – 
QPAC Theatre, Brisbane

Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 November – 
Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 November – 
Burswood Theatre, Perth

Joe Camilleri is bringing Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons back for a special 35th anniversary show on September 2 at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne. The band is well known for it’s album Screaming Targets in 1979 which boasted hit songs Hit and Run and Shape I’m In. Jo Jo also put group The Black Sorrows onto the map, featuring sisters Vika & Linda Bull, the ensemble had several massive hits in 1989. Chained To The Wheel, the biggest hit from The Black Sorrows reached a chart high of #9 in February of 1989. The song, still worthy of a foot tap and a sing-along on all Aussie radio stations. The band is also well known for the tracks Never Let Me Go and Harley and Rose which were charted hits released in 1990 and 1991.