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The Rock-itt : November 2009
A month or so ago Richard Clapton sold out 2 nights in a row at The State Theatre in the city. At around 1500 tickets per show that's not bad for a musician who's been around since the early 70's. Richard's popularity now, like it was back then, bears testament to the quality of his song writing as well as his live performances. His songs are littered with Australian places and references ..... "Sitting out on the Palm Beach Road" "Capricorn Dancer" "The Bondi Icebergs" and "Down in the Lucky Country". Whenever I travel, I always make sure to take some Richard Clapton music with me because by doing that I'm taking some of the best memories of Australia with me. In 1973 when he began his recording career, Australia was still in the vice-like grip of the cultural cringe. He plunged into the deep water and in his wake followed the Skyhooks, Cold Chisel, INXS, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil and hundreds of others. He was a guiding like for INXS and produced their second album Underneath the Colours. His most successful period for record sales came in the mid to late 70's and early eighties when he reeled off one classic song after another .... Goodbye Tiger; Girls On The Avenue; Deep Water; Best Years Of Our Lives; I Am An Island; Glory Road and Capricorn Dancer to name a few. Since those early days, Richard has continued to tour, playing shows the length and breadth of Australia. Richard knows how to entertain his audiences, he gives them plenty of what they want to hear, all the hits and highlights. Always boasting a band of high class musicians, his shows are spiced with anecdotes and trademark phrases like "Welcome to the party that never ends" "Peace and love hippies" and "That's alright, that's alright, that's alright". Never without his dark sunglasses, Richard has been known to joke that "most people put dark glasses on if they want to disguise themself, I take mine off and people don't recognise me". As the warmth of the summer season beckons the time is right to listen to Richard Clapton again. Either one or more of his numerous albums, or even better, go and see him play live. Richard Clapton on the Northern Beaches in summer is just the right fit. He'll be performing at the Dee Why RSL Club on Saturday 28th November. Don't miss out on seeing an Australian rock n roll legend, you'll be glad that you were at the party that never ends.