With more than 50 years of road behind him, the next gig is never something Joe takes lightly. From Fremantle to Melbourne to Townsville and dozens of shows in between, on their upcoming tour The Black Sorrows will showcase a live chemistry that's never been more potent.“It's not very often the band text you to say what fun they had at a gig,” Joe says. “Normally it's the opposite. You're stuck together in the van for five hours and it's “get me out of here”. We come to play. And that's what I still look forward to. It doesn't matter what happens during the day, it's all about getting up there, doing what you like to do and hopefully people pick up on it and come on the journey with you.”"It’s about moving forward. To me, it’s always about moving forward. It's all very nice to get a pat on the back and 'Hey I saw you in '78,' but I want people to judge me on this album."So rolls the Black Sorrows' undulating landscape of human toil and folly; joy and sorrow; love and loss. It's a shifting destination Joe Camilleri has been chasing down since he got thrown onstage at a blue light disco in Footscray to sing some early Rolling Stones number as a teenager back in 1964. Deep in its grooves lurk the many artists Joe has tipped his hat to, on stage and record: Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, John Lee Hooker… but "I'm not that guy that I was when I was 20 or 30," he says. "At 70, my thing is to keep searching for what's next."I'm not a heritage act. I've never been a heritage act. I've always been a constant player. The Sorrows exist not because we're an '80s band, or a '90s band, or any other kind of band. We exist because of the now. Just treat me like a new act," he says. "This one's just got a very old face."
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