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Jun 20, 2010

The Seekers To Join André Rieu in Australia Concerts

André Rieu Has The Seekers Join Him In Australia's Concerts

THEY have a combined age of 272, making them roughly the same vintage as a Bach masterpiece ... So it is apt that The Seekers are reforming to support classical music superstar André Rieu on his Australian tour later this year. Rieu set about organising the reunion after discovering the song "I am Australian" during his tour last year. He performed the song with radio broadcaster Alan Jones at his Sydney shows.

"This song was enough for me, when you can compose and sing this song, you must be marvellous," Rieu says. And so he Googled the Seekers and discovered the pop folk act had sold more than 50 million albums. "I always want to do something more than my normal concerts, so I thought why not book the Seekers," he said. "But I saw they're not anymore together - I was talking with a man who said, `If there's one man in the world who can bring them together, perhaps it's you'.

"I have built three castles in Australia, bringing back The Seekers together was the next challenge." Seekers singer Judith Durham said the call from Rieu to their management was something of a shock. "It was out of the blue," Durham said. "We weren't thinking about performing together again. We had our own projects.

"It's going to be really, really special and I think André is going to conduct the orchestra for us," she said.

Rieu has invited the band to rehearse with him in Europe and is yet to decide how many songs the group will perform - he thinks probably three or four, but will wait until he meets them. While time has marched on for The Seekers, Durham says AC/DC and the Rolling Stones prove you can put on a good show at any age. "The Rolling Stones are practically the same age and they performed full on for two hours," she said.

Below is a link to The Seekers singing, "I Am Australian" ~ the song that André is referring to ... The second link shows that the Seekers will be playing in ALL of the Australian Concerts. For those who aren't quite sure who they are, I guess Hey There "Georgy Girl" would be the one most would remember by title. Thank you to Mike, Rob and Margaret for all sending different articles and Newspaper clippings on this!

"I Am Australian"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSoGJQkKDYk

http://www.skynews.com.au/showbiz/article.aspx?id=475948&articleID=1546602

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! My eyes did not deceive me when I saw that brief advertisement on TV last week. The Seekers are REALLY going to be there. October in Sydney is going to be THE BEST. I've waited about 45 years to see them in person. That just doubles my excitement!!!

Lana
Tasmania, Australia

Anonymous said...

Whoo Hoo.I have never seen the Seekers live so a double bonus for us Rieu fans. Roll on October.

Liz

smjohns said...

How wonderful that Andre has asked the Seekers to perform. Judith's voice on the 2009 concerts still is so strong. They are a"wholesome" group with some lovely melodies.
Shirley,Brisbane

Anonymous said...

Yes !!! Loved them in the sixties and now all over again in 2010, I'm over the moon that The Seekers will be guests for the October concerts, thank you Andre for taking the time to google them.
Be seeing you all October 16th ....

Dee

Marg said...

The Seekers Wow!! Their music is so down to earth. I am Australian, Georgy Girl,Morningtown Ride, the list goes on. They were one of the best groups in the 60's here in Oz. can't wait to see them in October.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I remember The Seekers, especially "Georgy Girl".
You lucky Australians!

Eileen

Anonymous said...

Who knows, maybe Olivia Newton John will be next. That would be awesome!

Eileen

Mary Webster said...

I used to watch a show on TV called ‘Music for the People' televised from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne in which The Seekers performed.

Anonymous said...

Iv'e been a fan of the seekers all my life.
I would like to see them with andre rieu perform at the brisbane botanical gardens. . it would be a great show pieace.
If not there how about the performing arts complex or even the brisbane convention centre

Greg

Maryann said...

Wow!!! I am so happy that the Seekers are accompanying you on the Australian trip. Always loved them. I still have some old LP's of the Seekers.Loved all their songs, especially "Morning Town Ride" "Geogie Girl". Hope they will be coming with you to Newcastle on the 29th October 2010.
Maybe next time Johnny Farhamn who has dedicated alot of his songs to Australia. "Your the Voice" which he sang with Tom Jones When Tom came out to Australia and another one is "The age of Reason".
Looking forward to seeing you again in Newcastle

Maryann
Forster NSW Australia

CMK said...

Was delighted to see that The Seekers are performing with Andre this year.

Grew up listening to their music as they were great favourites of my parents - who are both sadly gone now.

Am SO looking forward to the Brisbane concert in October.

CMK_59

Anonymous said...

We are from Edinburgh Scotland and travelling all the way to Sydney to see The Seekers in October 2010-we are all true fans -some of us are also going to see Andre Rieu in London in October 2010

Anne Deas

Anonymous said...

I would love to see all the singers (the four other women) who replaced judithalong e way to wing also. That would be trully amazing!

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